Four persons jailed for illegally hunting leopard in Nagar GB
By Tanveer Ahmed
Gilgit (TP) August 5, 2020: Four persons were jailed for illegally hunting a leopard in Nagar district of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Of the four convicts, two were jailed for two years with a fine of 0.5 million each and the other two were jailed for one year with a fine on each.
According to the GB Wildlife Department, hunter Saleem and his accomplice Muhammad, residents of Hopar Nagar, and two others had been arrested with the help of police and FC after the incident was brought to their notice.
On a tip-off, a team of Hunza Nagar Forest and Wildlife Department conducted a successful raid in the Hopar area of Nagar and arrested all the culprits for illegally hunting the leopard, a rare species in the Karakoram mountain range.
According to the GB Wildlife Department, on August 2, the informant had reported the incident to Conservator Parks and Wildlife Gilgit-Baltistan Khadim Abbas with full evidence, but it did not include the main hunter’s complete data. The conservator directed the DFO Wildlife Hunza Nagar to take immediate action, who with the help of police started working by using various means and social media to track the main poacher and the other culprits. The wildlife department official and the Nagar police and FC personnel raided the house of the main poacher but he managed to escape.
The team raided three other possible places but the accused managed escape but finally with the help of his father and brothers, the main culprit was arrested, who after interrogation, divulged the names of three other accomplices. On which, the police also arrested the culprits from different places.
After completion of the investigation, they were produced in the court of Hunza Nagar / Wildlife Magistrate Gibran Haider on August 5. The court convicted Saleem and Mohammad to two years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 0.5 million on each.
The two other convicts were sentenced to one year in prison and fined, while one was sentenced to one month in prison.