Forest squads step up surveillance

Poachers targeting unguarded stretches of Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary

With Forest squads having been roped in for efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, poachers have begun targeting unguarded stretches of the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kozhikode district.

Forest Department squads have stepped up surveillance in interior areas under Thamarassery, Kuttiyadi and Peruvannamoozhi Forest Ranges to track suspects, after country-made guns and bullets were seized from a gang recently. The accused and convicted in various poaching cases reported under these sections are also under the scanner of the squads.

The support of local residents and informers has been sought for intensifying action and surveillance in vulnerable forest areas. The presence of watchers has been strengthened in areas where forest fires were reported earlier. Patrol squads under the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary too have stepped up vigil.

In the preliminary investigation, it was found that poachers were working hand in glove with those engaged in illicit brewing of liquor in the uphill areas of Kozhikode. With the support of the local police, efforts are on to search all suspected areas using high-end drones. Excise squads also are in action in areas which were earlier havens of illicit liquor traders. Officials with the Thamarassery Range office said they had detained two persons who allegedly led poachers during Easter-Vishu celebrations.

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