Law Enforcement Officer Fatally Shot By Suspected Poacher
In this week’s crime blotter: a bust gone wrong, a butterfly smuggling ring, and a scooter pangolin heist.
Anant Kumar Yadav and three other police officers in Uttarakhand, a state in northern India, received a tip about an illegal wildlife sale. When the police arrived on the scene on the night of April 6, The Times of India reports, they found three men—supposedly waiting for clients—with a leopard skin and the antlers of a swamp deer.
While the suspects were being questioned, two people hidden in the jungle pelted stones at the cops. In the ensuing fray, a man shot Yadav, who was later pronounced dead. His colleagues seized the wildlife parts before the five men fled.
According to his fellow officers, Yadav was “an expert in cracking the network of liquor, drug mafia, and animal poachers.”
Some other wildlife