Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | PNS | Haldwani
A member of the notorious Sansar Chand gang of wildlife criminals, Birbal alias Totaram was arrested in a joint operation by the Forest Department and Special Task Force. He was arrested while trying to cross into Nepal.
According to the information provided by the police, a non-bailable warrant had been issued by the court of the Khatima judicial magistrate in a case in which the accused has been absconding since 2012. The non-bailable warrant was issued against the Panipat, Haryana resident on May 22. The joint departmental teams nabbed the accused in Nakhatal compartment of Khatima forest range before he could cross into Nepal at about 9:45 AM on Tuesday. He was administered a medical/Covid-19 test and then presented in the court of the Khatima judicial magistrate from where he was sent to judicial custody in the Haldwani jail. It is pertinent to mention here that the Sansar Chand gang is among the most notorious gangs of wildlife criminals infamous especially for poaching big cats among other wildlife.