Four black deer, also called blackbucks, were stolen from Lahore Safari Zoo Park on Saturday. According to the police sources, unidentified men took away the female deer from the Safari Park. According to the park’s wildlife supervisor Rizwan Munir, the crime took place on the night of January 10. “The total value of the deer is Rs225,000,” he told the police.
An FIR registered at the Raiwind city police station stated that there were five people on duty the night the crime took place. These were wildlife supervisor [night duty] Syed Abbas Ali Kazmi, watchers Muhammad Saleem, Nadeem Zadar, Faisal Mushtaq, and Muhammad Azhar Iqbal, and electrician Muhammad Latif.
A case under Section 379 [Punishment for theft] of the Pakistan Penal Code has been registered. The police are on the lookout for the deer and the suspects.
In August last year, six valuable black deer were stolen from Vehari Zoo. The Multan Wildlife deputy director suspended two employees while police registered a case against eight accused and started an investigation. The people from two breeding farms of Mailsi and Khanewal areas, including Habib, Arshad alias Jhara, Imran Mayo, Shabbir alias Cheeni, Syed Mohsin Abbas of Mailsi Ashfaq, Shabu Hiraj and Jamil of Khanewal were booked in a criminal offence case under Sections 379 and 411 PPC at City Vehari police station. According to the police, after the initial probe, it was revealed that the theft had been committed by the people of two breeding farms situated in Mailsi and Khanewal. The deputy director formed an inquiry committee to ensure action against the culprits.