In a joint operation by Maharashtra Forest Department,Wildlife Crime Control Bureau,Delhi and Delhi Police,two most wanted wildlife parts traders were nabbed in the national capital Saturday afternoon.
Sarju Bagdi and accomplice Naresh were arrested after a vehicle that they were travelling in was brought to a stop after a chase. They were involved in one of the biggest tiger skin trade in recent times at least 11 skins were sold to them by poachers in Maharashtra over the past few months.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) S W H Naqvi confirmed the arrests. Some tiger bones were recovered from them, he said. The bones,however,apparently dont belong to Maharashtra cases, he added.
Smarting from a series of revelations about tiger killings in Melghat and other parts of Maharashtra in recent times,the state Forest Department was in hot pursuit of Sarju,who had purchased 11 tiger skins from poachers in Maharashtra,14 of whom are currently under arrest. At least three of those tigers were killed in Maharashtra. More may have been poached.
Some more arrests will be made in the case,Naqvi said.