A forest watcher employed on contract basis in the Periyapatna range was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (Forest Cell) on Thursday for allegedly being in possession of tiger bones and attempting to sell them.

Forest sub-inspector Mahesh told The Hindu that Dinesh, a temporary forest watcher, did not have any weapon that could have been used for poaching.

“We received a tip-off from sources and waited for Dinesh to make some move, but finally decided to trap him and confiscate the tiger bones,” said Mr. Mahesh. He said preliminary investigation revealed that Dinesh had stumbled upon a decomposed tiger carcass last year inside the forests. He then removed its bones and preserved them, with the objective of selling them.

“We are trying to ascertain if there are other angles to the crime,” said Mr. Mahesh.

Though the police believe that the seized bones do not belong to any poached tiger, it can be confirmed only after investigation.

The accused has been remanded in judicial custody.

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