Haridwar: While the modus operandi of poaching for animal smugglers has remained the same for centuries, they have taken a leaf out of the underworld’s book in their operations.

Owing to the austere discipline followed by these gangs, the police more than often face a tough time in nailing them.

Uttarakhand, for sheltering Jim Corbertt and Rajaji National Park has always attracted the poachers from all parts of the country. According to Forest Department and Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), notorious poaching gangs like Totaram, Bawriya, Sansarchand and Bhima are still active in the state.

Although these gangs are under the radar of the Forest department and intelligence agencies, nabbing them proves a herculean task for the authorities.

It is believed that as these gangs are following the lines of the underworld. So, getting hold of them have become more difficult.

Like underworld, all such gangs have specified their areas in the forest and never encroach upon their rival’s domain.  If done, the respective gangs have to pay adequate price for the audacity.

SS Sharma, Chief Forest Conservator, Uttarakhand said, “The investigating agencies are keeping a tab on the gangs and are planning for their elimination.”

Active groups        Areas
Totaram Gang        Banbasa Khatiya, Nepal border
Bawariya Gang        Near Ramnagar
Bhima Gang            Near Kalagarh
Sansarchand Gang        Nepal-India border