Two forest guard suspended in Sariska case

Sariska Field Director and Chief Conservator of Forest K K Garg was transferred from his place to Kota in the aftermath of death of a tiger named ST-1. Besides Mr Garg, a forester and a forest guard, posted in the Taalvrikshya area of the sanctuary, have been placed under suspension, official sources said today. The tiger was translocated to Sariska from Ranthambhor about two years ago. Earlier, two officers of Forest Department were also suspended in the wake of death of a 5-year-old male tiger ST-1, which was found dead in suspicious circumstances in the Kankwadi block of forests along the Rajorgarh village on November 14 night. The feline was reportedly given poison probably by denizens of villages, situated in the sanctuary areas.
The death rendered a big set-back to efforts of revival of the tiger population which entirely was wiped out from the sanctuary by the poachers about six years ago. In a revival bid, two tigers and three tigresses were translocated from Ranthambhore during the past two years. Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh, who had visited Sariska last week, had held Forest Administration responsible for the death of the tiger.