Forest guard injured in firing by poachers

17 May 2018

A forest guard was injured when unidentified poachers opened fire near Titwala in the district this morning. The incident took place when teams of forest officials were conducting combing operations in a forest near Titwala upon a tip-off that some poachers were moving around in the area, said chief conservator of forests S R Kadam. Poachers opened fire with air guns on one of the teams when it chased them, Kadam informed. Forest guard Pankaj Gadre (36) received pellet injuries in the incident. Gadre was treated at a hospital and would soon be discharged, he said. Deputy conservator of forests Jitendra Ramgaonkar said a case has been registered with the Titwala police station and a search is on for the culprits.