A court in Solapur sentenced nine people to three-year rigorous imprisonment for killing a black buck and eating its meat. First Class Judicial Magistrate Archana S Nalge also awarded Rs 5,000 each to forest officials who arrested the accused from a forest in March 2011. Additional Public Prosecutor M I Beskar told the court that on March 21, 2011, the forest officials at Solapur received a tip-off that some people had hunted a black buck at Tandulwadi forest in the district and eaten the meat. A team of forest officials arrested the accused and seized the meat from the spot. They also found the black buck’s partially burnt horn and skin. The officers also seized a binocular, an ice box, a sickle and a cooker containing cooked flesh. The accused were held guilty under various sections of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, Arms Act and section 120(B) of the IPC.