Talking to TOI, TATR field director NR Praveen said, on Monday, TATR officials had picked up Suresh Mitthu Kanake/Kumre (29) from Palasgaon (Shingru). Based on his questioning, two more accused — Ramesh Baburao Masram (41) of Palasgaon, and Amol Uddhav Atram (23) of Khutwanda, were arrested. Amol worked with Tadoba as a temporary van majoor (casual labourer).
The team, which nabbed the accused, included ACFs Mahesh Khore, SR Khupse and Tadoba RFO SG Dabhade. The accused were produced before Bhadrawati judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) SU Kanthe, who granted forest custody remand (FCR) to all accused till April 20.
Praveen said the wire snare trap was laid by Kumre and Masram while Atram assisted them. Two traps were laid close to each other for spotted deer on the evening of April 10. When the accused went to the spot on April 11, to see the catch, they were shocked to see a tiger entangled in the wire snare and fled the spot.
The tigress was found dead on April 13, hardly 150 metres away from the busy Khutwanda gate in Tadoba. Sources said more accused are likely to be arrested.
All the three accused have confessed to the crime. “We also seized wire snares from the home of the accused and at another spot,” he added.