The majestic and the undisputed king of Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary is missing.
This is indeed very sad news for wildlife lovers.
Over 100 people are trying very hard to locate Jai.
Since 2013, 7-yr-old Tiger Jai, has been ruling Nagpur's Umred Karhandla wildlife sanctuary. It has been missing since April. Wild life lovers have now taken a stand to find out Jai and have also requested the Forest Department to deploy STPF staff from Pench Tiger Reserve and SRPF staff, in territorial divisions of Umred and Nagpur. Similar activity is to be undertaken in Brahmapuri territorial division too.
Rescuers, wildlife experts and volunteers are all scouring the forest, trying to locate the 250-kilogram giant tiger. They expanded their search to include about 350 villages from Bor in Wardha district to Chandrapur's Brahmapuri to the New Nagzira Navegaon Tiger Reserve (NNTR), from where Jai had come to Umred in 2013.
"We are mapping the whole area and will form teams of two volunteers each that will take a local with them during the search," Roheet Karoo, honorary wildlife warden of Nagpur district, said.
While it's a common enough occurrence for a tiger to move from one forest area into another, especially in the summer months when the big cats may move longer distances in search of water or a mate, to go three months without a sighting is worrying the officials.
According to reports, as Jai’s collar malfunctioned for the second time, his satellite location has been untraceable too. It has been more than three months that this huge, radio-collared tiger has not been sighted in and around Umred Karhandla.
Reward Of Rs. 50,000 Declared
Wildlife lover and photographers have announced a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 to anyone who can help to find Jai or inform about his sighting anywhere, with the hope that this would speed up the process of finding Jai at the earliest.
CLaw has requested that people should contact the following persons if they have any credible information:
1. Vineet Arora- 9860062994
2. Mr. Ameet Jain- 9975024518