POACHING A TIGER AND A PEACOCK(Part-3)
By M. Kamal Naidu
The Ballistic expert examined the skull having two metallic pieces embedded in it, sent by the Veterinarian after is post mortem was concluded. On chemical examination he found them to be lead pieces, and opined that they could be disintegrated pieces of a lead bullet discharged on firing from a rifle or any other weapon which can discharge shots. He examined the rifle and opined that he found traces of recent combustion products of smokeless gun-power indicating the rifle had been used and not yet cleaned thereafter. He certified that the rifle was in a working condition and has an effective range of about 1000 meters. He certified the rifle as 7.0 mm Brono, a Czech make bearing a No.33737.
While investigations were going on in Hyderabad, Mr. Jagan Mohan Rao, then DFO Nagarkurnool under whose jurisdiction occurred Amarabad Plateau of Mannanur, where the tiger was reported to have been shot, was requested to assist in further investigations. Preliminary enquiry had revealed that the tiger was found dead. He was therefore requested to conduct detailed enquiries, and investigate into the death of the tiger, and its removal.
Jagan Mohan Rao made discreet enquiry, and came to know that one Abdul Nayeem, a small hotel proprietor at Vatvaripally village, enroute to Srisailam was aware of this killing. He enquired him under Sec. 62 of AFPA and got the information. He informed of how a party of four members had come from Hyderabad, and how the local Forest Guard traveled along with them in their car after having tea at his hotel, in search of a tiger. He gave a very graphic account of how they saw the tiger, and as to how Mr. Masiuddin, whom he knew earlier from his frequent visits to his hotel, aimed his rifle fitted with a telescope from the bonnet of his car, and fired at it, and how the tiger died instantaneously on the spot. He further stated about the Forest Guard going, and fetching some laborers from the nearby village, to lift the dead tiger and load into the vehicle.(Contd…4)