Four vacationers held for murdering Malabar squirrel, barking deer | Coimbatore News

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Udhagamandalam: Forest department officials on Tuesday detained five people, including four tourists, under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, for supposedly searching a barking deer along with also a Malabar squirrel.
Officials said the four vacationers N Sulaiman, 31 in Madurai, C John Armstrong Babu, 41, D Jabakumar, 44 and D Ramaiah, respectively 39, three from Thoothukudi,’d come to Ooty on Sunday.
The four friends had acquired e-passes to go into the district for company functions and were staying at a cabin owned by V Manikandan, 43, in Santhur close Ketti, 8km from Ooty.
Based on Saravanakumar, assistant conservator of forests, Manikandan utilized an air-gun to search a Malabar squirrel near Mayinalai village on Monday morning. Its meat was cooked for lunch and functioned into the four guests in his cabin. Later in the afternoon, Manikandan murdered a barking deer employing exactly the identical air-gun near Muttinadu village. Its meat was likewise served as dinner to the guests.
A tip-off from neighborhood residents alerted woods officials.
“We nabbed all the five accused for illegally hunting creatures early on Tuesday. Some leftover meat has been discovered in their cabin. There was blood spots on their vehicle,” explained Saravanakumar.
All five accused were remanded in judicial custody.

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