In a horrific incident, similar to the recent death of an elephant in Kerala, a jackal was killed by a gang of 12 men using a country bomb-covered in meat near Jeeyapuram in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, on June 8 (Monday). As the jackal ate the meat, the bomb exploded in its mouth instantly killing it. The men belong to the Narikuravars community, which is a tribe predominantly involved in hunting.
A forest official told IANS: “The group went for honey harvesting to a village. While returning, they spotted jackal roaming around. In order to hunt it for its meat and its teeth, the gypsies had packed explosives inside meat pieces and strewn at several places that the animal frequents.” The men were arrested after they seemed suspicious during questioning by police officials.
As per forest officials, the jackal was a Schedule-I animal protected under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.