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Mumbai: CID to probe Jai’s disappearance

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a CID probe into the controversial disappearance of the country's most popular tiger

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
August 28, 2016 2:29:15 am
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a CID probe into the controversial disappearance of Jai, one of the country’s largest and most popular tigers, from Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWS).

The six-year-old tiger, weighing over 250 kgs, has been missing since April 18. The state forest department officials have maintained that the big cat was on the move in search of a prey base and water but BJP’s Lok Sabha MP Nana Patole has triggered a conspiracy theory by suggesting Jai might have been poached. Earlier this month, Patole wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding a CBI probe in this regard.

Meanwhile, slighted by the BJP MP’s allegation, Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar asked the Chief Minister to initiate a CID probe. Fadnavis, who holds the home portfolio, has now approved Mungantiwar’s request, and roped in the CID to probe the poaching angle. On the other hand, forest conservators and wildlife enthusiasts are continuing their search operations for Jai.

Jai was first spotted at UKWS in 2013. He had travelled a 100 kilometres in search of a mate. Since then, he has fathered seven male and two female cubs in the area, all of them now in the sub-adulthood age of at least two years. Forest officials believe the presence of a large number of males in the wildlife reserve may have prompted Jai to shift base, but the poaching angle is also being probed.

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