Corbett Tiger Reserve Director Sacked For Shoot-At-Sight Order

A five-day operation is currently on at the tiger reserve after suspected poacher movement was reported.

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Corbett has the second-largest tiger population in India. Photo for representational purposes. (Photo: iStock)

The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over a shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.

Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.

A five-day anti-poaching operation had been called after suspected poacher movement was reported. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight orders against poachers.

He had stated that the order must only be carried out for "self-protection against poachers carrying arms", The Hindu had reported.

Corbett has the second highest tiger population in India with 340 tigers, according to the 2015 tiger census.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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