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Animal parts trafficking: 5 sent to police custody

The district court in Palanpur on Wednesday granted seven days’ police remand of five persons,including two women,for alleged trafficking of animal parts from Karnataka.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 3, 2012 5:12:14 am

The district court in Palanpur on Wednesday granted seven days’ police remand of five persons,including two women,for alleged trafficking of animal parts from Karnataka. The five,all in their 20s,were apprehended on Tuesday for possessing suspected wild animals’ body parts including a tiger’s skin,16 claws and 21 teeth,a bear-skin and 13 body parts of what are believed to be ungulates.

The seized articles have also been sent to the Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) for further verification,said J V Vyas,Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) at Banaskantha,the northern district that hosts two sanctuaries — Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary and Balaram Ambaji Sanctuary.

However,it remains unclear if some of these body parts came from animals that resided in these sanctuaries.

The five suspected traffickers were caught in Ambaji on Tuesday following a tip-off received by Range Forest Officer (RFO) A J Singh.

Singh and other officials were told that the Karnataka-natives were offering the suspected body-parts for sale to residents.

The foresters posed as interested customers apprehended them and seized the suspected body parts,officials said.

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