July 29, 2010 3:22:57 am
In a joint raid,teams from the CBI and the Forest Department detected a major poaching racket and seized animal skins,tortoise shells and deer horns from the Jajmau residence of one Tushar Kant Vishwas late on Wednesday evening.
Vishwas had been running the racket for the last 10 years,and the animal skins and horns were exported to European countries. As many as 33 horns of swamp deer (barasingha),five tortoise shells,two live tortoises,two rabbit skins,the jaws and skin of a wild boar,two skins of spotted deer (cheetal) and 2 starfish were seized. Four airguns,a single-barrel and a double-barrel rifle,a binocular,13 fishing nets,four searchlights,a Maruti Gypsy and two daggers were also seized from Vishwass residence. Vishwas was arrested and booked under the Sections 9,39,40,44,44A of Wildlife Protection Act. Officials believe the weapons and the other equipment were used in poaching. They are yet to find out if the weapons are licensed.
District Forest Officer B R Ahirwar said the recovery of such a large number of animal parts had taken them by surprise. He said Vishwas posed as a doctor,but had been involved in a poaching racket for the last 10 years and had contacts in several European countries. He will be interrogated on Thursday about his activities and network,but he has told us that he hunted animals in the ravines of Etawah,Katri area of Kanpur and in the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, said the DFO.
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