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Baba in jail,cops probe animal parts racket

The self-styled godman who was arrested on Monday with animal body parts was sent to judicial custody after being produced in a special court in Kurukshetra today.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
May 5, 2010 2:59:21 am

The self-styled godman who was arrested on Monday with animal body parts was sent to judicial custody after being produced in a special court in Kurukshetra today. A case under the Wildlife Act has been registered against him.

Investigations have revealed that the 51-year-old man,known as Sahu Baba,had been running a shop of religious goods including scriptures and rosaries near the Mansa Devi temple for more than five years now. He had been purchasing animal body parts from tribals and nomads who visited the shop.

“He bought these things cheap,and later sold them to tantriks for their rituals. He is also alleged to have supplied body parts like the horns of a black buck to customers for ornamental purposes. He has claimed that the objects procured by him are not authentic; we are investigating his claims,” said Sub-Inspector Balwant Singh of Sector 5 police station.

A police party took the accused to Kurukshetra today,where a court sent him to a day’s judicial remand.

Sources in the police indicated they were investigating the possibility of Sahu Baba being involved in a larger racket involving the sale and purchase of animal body parts. The police were also trying to verify the identities of the nomads from whom the baba purchased the animal parts,and how the tribals got hold of them.

Around 15 teeth,30 nails and two paws of lion,17 conches,around 20 horns of black bucks and 65 shells of the fluted giant clam were seized from Sahu in a joint raid conducted by a team of People for Animals,Delhi,and the district police on Monday.

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