The bodies of three animals have been found on the campus of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) in the last ten days, raising questions on possible poaching activities on the varsity's premises.
The latest victim was a spotted deer, whose head was cut off, and lying near the old horticulture department on Tuesday evening.
The head was reportedly noticed at around 6.45 pm by a faculty member, who reported it to security officials.
Wildlife activists on campus have alleged that the security was trying to hide the incident.
"The security reached the spot at 7.15pm and said that they did not find anything. Since it was wounded, there must have been at least a few blood stains at the spot, but it was clean by Wednesday morning. By burying or hiding the carcass, without intimation to the Forest Department, people are just trying to escape the procedures of the Wildlife Act," Ravi Jillapalli, a student of UoH, who was armed with a photograph of the deer's head, wrote.
Ravi claimed that around 44 spotted deers and more than 10 wild boars had died on campus last year, and none of them were properly recorded or reported.
This week, the body of a wild boar was also found on campus.
According to reports, the Telangana Forest Department did not book a case, even though the animal was a protected species under Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act.
Last week, a spotted deer's body was found trapped in a metal trap.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Chief Conservator of Forests, Ranga Reddy, S Kukrety said, “We are talking to UoH authorities on this as a number of incidents have occured on their campus.”
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