Po­lice seize black­buck skin, ac­cused claims it a gift from Pataudis

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - REGION - Prabhu Raz­dan prabhu.raz­dan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

FARID­ABAD: The Farid­abad po­lice on Tues­day filed an FIR against a 99-year-old man from Mach­gar vil­lage for al­legedly pos­sess­ing skin of en­dan­gered black­buck.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the man iden­ti­fied as Badam Singh claimed to have re­ceived it as a gift over 50 years ago from for­mer In­dian Test cricket cap­tain Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, fa­ther of late crick­eter Man­soor Ali Khan Pataudi.

The po­lice was un­able to ar­rest Singh on Tues­day as he claimed that he was un­well owing to his old age. On Wed­nes­day, the po­lice again went to ar­rest Singh after the FIR was reg­is­tered against him, but his health al­legedly de­te­ri­o­rated and he was ad­mit­ted to a lo­cal hospi­tal. “We could not for­mally ar­rest him though we had to pro­duce him be­fore the court to­day,” IMT po­lice of­fi­cials said.

Ac­cord­ing to the IMT po­lice chowki in-charge Ra­jbir Singh, “The search was con­ducted on Tues­day and the decades old skin of a black­buck was re­cov­ered. Dur­ing the course of ques­tion­ing, the man said that the skin was very old and was gifted to him by Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi when he was work­ing at their fam­ily home.”

Hunt­ing of black­buck is pro­hib­ited un­der Sched­ule I of the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act of 1972.

Po­lice of­fi­cials said that Singh, a re­tired vet­eri­nary doc­tor, was work­ing in the haveli of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi when the nawab al­legedly gifted the skin to him over 50 years ago. The present wildlife act came into be­ing in 1972 and be­fore that poach­ing of wild an­i­mals was al­lowed. The case has been reg­is­tered against the ac­cused un­der sec­tion 9/39/51 of Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act, 1972.

“The recovery was made on the ba­sis of spe­cific in­for­ma­tion,” said Cha­ran Singh, in­spec­tor wildlife depart­ment.

Sharmila Tagore, wife of Man­soor Ali Khan Pataudi, was un­avail­able for com­ment.

A week ago, Haryana po­lice ar­rested a tem­ple priest after wildlife of­fi­cials re­cov­ered an old leop­ard skin rug from his pos­ses­sion.

The wildlife of­fi­cials reg­is­tered a case against the priest in Sadar Bal­lab­garh po­lice sta­tion, who was later ar­rested and sent to jail.

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