Bhopal: After receiving complaints of lackadaisical approach in the probe of tiger deaths, Madhya Pradesh government is likely to order a CBI enquiry to investigate the alleged disappearance and poaching of striped cats from Panna Tiger Reserve.

Officials said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has sought a detailed reply from the forest department after receiving complaints that a foreign syndicate and an organized gang were involved in the poaching of tigers.

"The Chief Minister's Office has received a complaint (seeking CBI probe) and asked the forest department to give its reply," said Manoj Shrivastava, principal secretary to the chief minister.

Earlier this month, the Madhya Pradesh government had declined to order a CBI probe and instead formed a committee to investigate the tiger deaths.

According to the information received in response to an RTI query, the then Additional Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh government M K Roy had recommended a CBI probe to look into poaching and disappearance of tigers from the sanctuary.

"There have been many cases of poaching and disappearance of tigers in the last 5-10 years from PTR.

"The state government wants the CBI to probe the conspiracy in the disappearance of tigers from the reserve and involvement of international smugglers in it. All such cases where challans have not been submitted should also be incorporated in it (probe)," Roy, who is now the Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education, has saidin his letter written in January last year.

(Agencies)

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