In India, poachers hunting peacock kill 3 police

Three Indian policemen were shot dead by wildlife poachers in central India, a police official said on Saturday, adding that the poachers had opened fire after refusing to surrender when confronted by the officers.

Published : 14 May 2022, 01:29 PM
Updated : 14 May 2022, 01:29 PM

One poacher was killed in the shootout, senior police official Rajiv Kumar Mishra said, giving an account of the incident at a tribal hamlet set in a forested area of Madhya Pradesh state. Police found the carcasses of deer and peacock close by.

The peacock is the national bird and a protected species in India, and hunting them carries a penalty of up to seven years in jail.