In an early morning operation, the Forest Department on Monday foiled an try by a five-member gang to hunt wild animals from forest fringes on Mettupalayam – Sathyamangalam Road near Sirumugai in Coimbatore district.
The males, all hailing from Salem, had been on the transfer in a multi-utility automobile with two country-made rifles and stay rounds to hunt animals when the forest employees discovered them.
A group of the Department that was on patrol in villages bordering reserve forest areas of Pethikuttai part of Sirumugai vary discovered the automobile in suspicious circumstances round 1.30 a.m. on Mettupalayam – Sathyamangalam Road. The males sped away seeing the employees. The employees, nonetheless, managed to chase them down at Kovilmedu.
According to the Department, three males who had been sitting on the center row of the automobile, ran away earlier than the employees may apprehend them.
Two others, driver K. Lakshmanan (33) of Omalur and K. Mani (28) of Arisipalayam, had been apprehended. The employees discovered two country-made rifles and three stay rounds from the automobile.
Sirumugai forest vary officer D. Senthil Kumar mentioned the employees had been looking out for the three males.