Police on Saturday arrested two persons on charges of smuggling an ivory tusk. Police said four pieces of ivory weighing 11.19 kg were recovered from them.
Police said on Saturday, they had received information about two persons who were supposed to visit the Red Fort area to sell pieces of ivory tusk. Police shared this information with the Wildlife department after which they laid a trap at the Parade Ground Corner in Subhash Marg.
“Around 3.30 pm, our informer pointed to a man, later identified as Jaspal Singh. He had a jute bag which had a single piece of ivory tusk. His associate was waiting in a car with three more pieces of ivory. We went to the car and nabbed his accomplice, Mahender Kumar, from whom we recovered three pieces of ivory. Both of them could not produce any licence regarding the ivory. A case has been registered and investigation is on,” a senior police officer said.
Police said during questioning, the two told police that they had got the tusks from a transporter who claimed he had procured it from Assam.
The duo said they were trying to sell the ivory to foreigners at Red Fort.