Sanjeev Shivadekar, TNN
MUMBAI: Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into cases of tiger poaching. A statement to this effect was made by the chief minister during the function 'Leave me alone-Save the Tiger' organized on world forest day in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"There are inter-state connections and gangs involved in tiger poaching cases. Police have certain limitations when it comes to conducting inquiries beyond state jurisdiction. Hence, it would be appropriate to hand over the investigations to the CBI," Chavan said.

Meanwhile, forest minister Patangrao Kadam reiterated the same issue in the state legislative council too. "It is not because of unemployment tigers are killed. But if legislators insist that smuggling of the Tiger skin and claws is the key reason for the poaching of the wild animal, then I assure the legislative council that tigers poaching cases will be handed over to the CBI," Kadam said.

BJP legislator Shobha Phadnavis in the council said that people do not have employment under the national rural employment guarantee scheme. "Many of these people enter the forest areas in want of a job and sometimes this might lead to the killing of tigers," she added.

In his reply, Kadam said, "The statement made by the BJP members is not correct as the employment guarantee work scheme is going on as per schedule."

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