GUWAHATI: Ten people have been arrested with four live pangolins, 43 dead tokay gecko, 44.28 kg pangolin scale and two elephant tusks in two different operations on April 19 and 20, forest officials said on Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), the raid was conducted at the residence of Victorious Masharing of Khlichumsotem village in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi.
“Committed to end wildlife crime! A successful operation undertaken by joint team of @WCCBHQ and Meghalaya Forest & Police Dept., led to seizure of 04 Live Pangolins, 43 Tokay Geckos (all dead), 44.28 kgs. of Pangolin-scales, and arrest of 08 persons from Meghalaya, on 19-04-2021,” WCCB tweeted, on Thursday.
Based on the statement of the arrested accused, another operation was conducted at Nongpoh of Ri-Bhoi on April 20 and two elephant tusks were found and two persons were arrested.
“As per the statement of accused, they collected the items locally and kept them at the house of Victorious Masharing for two months and were trying to sell them. A case has been registered in Shillong and all accused have been produced in court at Ri-Bhoi and send for judicial custody. Further investigation is going on and the the team suspects involvement of a big racket in this case,” the WCCB statement said.