Illegal wildlife trade busted: 250 exotic birds, monkeys recovered

Assistant commissioner of the preventive cell, Santosh Saral, who led the raid team, said one person has been arrested in this connection.

Kolkata | Updated: February 5, 2014 6:14 pm

In one of the biggest wildlife seizures in the city, a customs department team has rescued hundreds of birds and animals, which are either endangered or rare under the Wild Life Protection Act, from a house that looked like a ‘private zoo’ .

According to sources in the customs department, around 250 exotic birds have so far been seized. The team has also rescued three chimpanzees, four marmoset monkeys and a capuchin monkey. The seizure was on till the last reports came in.

Assistant commissioner of the preventive cell, Santosh Saral, who led the raid team, said one person has been arrested in this connection.

Sources said a father and son duo ran the wildlife trade from the house. animals were being sold to international customers, added the sources.

S K Sinha, commissioner of the preventive cell of the customs department, said, “We have seized the animals. They are endangered. The animals would be handed over to the wild life department for their safety and security. Till now, we have arrested one person.”

Sources said animals are of South African origin while the birds are from South America.

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