28 September, 2020

The Killer Instinct

Salman Khan is not alone in flouting wildlife laws. This roll of shame features other film stars, industrialists, politicians, sportsmen and civil servants. A few notable cases with updates:

The Killer Instinct
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Cricket icon Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: In June 2005, Pataudi was caught with the carcasses of a black buck and two rabbits near Jhajjar in Haryana. His trial is in its early stages at the environment court in Faridabad. At a hearing on August 7, one witness, wildlife inspector Attar Singh, turned hostile. Most of the 28 witnesses in the case are officials from the Haryana state wildlife department. NGOs are concerned that they should not turn hostile. However, the other evidence collected in the case is strong enough to hold, says wildlife lawyer Ritwick Dutta.

Lok Sabha MP W. Wangyuh Konyak: In June 2007, the Nagaland Lok Sabha MP's convoy shot an endangered bird, the Lesser Adjutant Stork, while passing through the village of Mesagarh in Assam's Sibsagar district. According to local wildlife officials,...
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