The forest department officials on Monday arrested the man, who was captured by one of the camera traps set up inside the Anamalai Tiger Reserve last month with a gun. Forest Ranger (Amaravathy range) P. Mariappan told The Hindu that the accused, A. Veerappan (47) alias Lakshmanan, a native of Kariyakovil in Salem district, was picked up from Salem district by a team comprising himself, and foresters P. Nanjappan and Selvaraj. The footage from the camera trap, set up actually for the home study of tigers and other wild animals, showed Veerappan walking past the camera along with another man towards Kerala side. Mr. Mariappan said that Veerappan had three cases of sandalwood smuggling against him registered by forest officials in Kerala and the interrogation of him revealed that four more persons were there with him on the day his photograph with the gun was captured by the camera trap.


“The accused has been arrested under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, for trespassing into the forest area with weapon,” he added.