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Kutch cattle trader gets bail in chinkara hunting case | Rajkot News

Cattle trader Imamsha Saiyed (43), who was arrested by the forest department on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in hunting of a chinkara in Kutch in January, was granted bail by a local court on Friday.

After his one-day remand ended, officers of the Naliya North range forest in Kutch West territorial forest division produced Saiyed in the court of judicial magistrate first class in Naliya in the evening, seeking an extension of his custody by five days.

Ajubha Solanki, range forest officer (RFO) of Naliya North, said: “We told the court that the accused is not cooperating and is trying to mislead the investigation, hence, we need his custody for interrogation. However, the court didn’t agree with our submission.”

After the forest department produced Saiyed in the court, he moved a bail application. While the department opposed the plea, the court granted Saiyed bail after he assured that he would cooperate with the probe and make himself available whenever investigators summon him.

A cattle trader from Mandvi town, Saiyed had surrendered before the Naliya court on Wednesday after the Supreme Court trashed his pre-arrest bail plea on November 22 and directed him to surrender within two weeks.

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He was formally arrested by the department the same day, making him the first person to be arrested in the case registered on January 10. The court had on Thursday sent Saiyed to the forest department’s custody for a day.

The forest officers on Friday took Saiyed to Samada village in Abadas taluka, where, according to a Forest Offence Report, a chinkara was shot dead by poachers on January 8. The accused had allegedly loaded the carcass in a car and sped away.

Solanki said that Saiyed’s call detail records shows that he was present at the crime scene. “However, he claimed that he was visiting a dargah in the area at that time. When he took him to the crime scene on Friday, he still maintained that he was visiting a dargah,” he added.

Forest officers had seized the car alleged to have been used in the hunting and summoned Saiyed on March 1 and 24.

However, he didn’t respond to summons and instead moved the district and sessions court in Bhuj, seeking pre-arrest bail. As the sessions court rejected his bail plea, Saiyed moved the Gujarat High Court and then the Supreme Court, which also denied his pleas.


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