Seven people were fined Rs 50,000 each for allegedly hunting spotted deer and selling the meat, Denkanikottai Forest Department said.

The accused were identified as Chellappan (65), Ramraj (31), Rajiv (31), Nagaraj (28), Sivarajkumar (31), Mariyappan (65) and an 18-year-old boy.

The forest department received information that a spotted deer was found dead in a public pond at Zuzuwadi village near Hosur. After this, the forest department went to the area to recover the body of the spotted deer.

Before the forest department could reach there, the accused, without informing the forest department, removed the body of the spotted deer and dismembered it.