MUMBAI // A fierce debate is raging over whether forest rangers in India should be allowed to shoot poachers of endangered species, as a national park in the north of the country recently became the latest to allow guards to fire at such criminals.
Authorities at the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand state on Wednesday issued “shoot on sight” orders to its rangers who identify armed poachers during the course of a five-day operation. Hundreds of camera traps – which alert guards when an intruder is detected – have been set up and 150 rangers deployed as part of the operation, as the reserve steps up efforts to protect its tigers.
The question of how far India should go in its battle against poachers came into focus earlier this month after the worldwide airing of a BBC documentary called Killing For Conservation. The news organisation said the report exposed the “dark secrets” …