Bhopal: Taking strict note of a tigress’ death in Bandhavgrah National Park a year ago, the Special Task Force (STF) handling the matter has sought permission from a local court to order NARCO test on the four accused.

On Tuesday, STF in a legal proceeding demanded the Chief Judicial Magistrate to grant permission for NARCO test on four Forest Department employees.

Held responsible for ‘Jhurjhura’ death within the national park, the senior officials had suspended two forest rangers Lalit Pandey, Jaynarayan Pandey along with two guards KK Pandey and Maan Singh.

On May 18, 2010, a big cat named 'Jhurhura' was killed when a Safari vehicle hit her. Doubts were raised on one of the state minister's son for the killing. To suppress the matter, Forest department claimed it as a mere accident. But forensic reports revealed a different picture.

According to the reports, there were five injuries on her left side which led to her death. The incidence caught the attention of former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who wrote letter to Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chauhan on May 21, 2010 seeking explanation on the issue.

Since conservation of tigers is a burning issue, Non-Government Organisation (NGO) working in this field have also raised voices on the death of the tigress and claimed it as a case of poaching. 

JPN/Bureau