10 fishing boats seized at the Totladoh dam | Nagpur News

Nagpur: In its continued action against illegal fishing in Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra, the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) has arrested a person from Chhindwara who along with a gang of eight was sneaked into the Totladoh tank inside the PTR.
Pench deputy manager Prabhu Nath Shukla said STPF jawans noticed eight boats in the eastern Pench part of the Totladoh Reservoir on April 9. The jawans chased the fishermen and managed to catch one of them and also seized two boats. The accused was identified as Ramdas Sarate, a resident of Dudhgaon, Chhindwara (MP).
Sarate was produced before Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Ramtek, and remanded to two days in Forestry Custody (FCR). “We also seized eight boats and 40 nets in addition to the catch worth Rs3 lakh. The boats were hidden underwater, which is common practice among fishermen to cover up the crime,” Shukla said.
Earlier on March 29, a person from the village of New Totladoh in Deolapar, bordering the tiger reserve, was arrested by the STPF. During this raid carried out in the early hours of the morning, four bicycles and eight nets were seized from the accused.
Totladoh Dam is also called Meghdoot Reservoir. The Maharashtra side of the Totladoh Dam falls within the core area of ​​the Pench Tiger Reserve and under the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) of 1972 fishing was prohibited.