Blackbuck poachers kill three cops in MP

Poachers have allegedly killed three police personnel in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, authorities said on Saturday.

According to the police, at around 2.45 am on Saturday six poachers on four bikes were trying to flee from the Aron area after poaching blackbucks and peacocks. The area falls under the Gwalior-Chambal region and shared a border with Rajasthan. Three police teams were sent to the area on specific inputs about the presence of the armed poachers.

“A tip of suspected poachers was received based on which three teams were deployed for the operation. Sensing that they were cordoned off by the police, the poachers opened fire. The poachers managed to flee, despite attempts by other police teams to nab them,” Superintendent of Police (Guna) Rajeev Mishra said.

Mishra said that a police service rifle was missing and the empty cartridges recovered from the spot suggest that country made firearms were used by the poachers.

“Remains of three to four poached blackbucks and peacocks in sacks have been recovered.” 

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