RAIPUR: Five persons were arrested and two tiger skins and two leopard skins worth lakhs of rupees seized from them in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, police said on Sunday.
The alleged wild life traders were apprehended late last night at Gyani Chowk under Kanker police station limits when they were heading towards Raipur to reportedly sell the smuggled big cat skins, superintendent of police R N Dash said.
They were carrying wildlife body parts in an SUV which has been seized, he said. The exact market value of two tiger and two leopard skins is yet to be ascertained. The arrested wildlife traders claimed it to be of around Rs 50 lakh in international market, the SP said. Those nabbed have been identified as Ros Immanuel, Domar Singh Sethiya, Budhram Poya, Sukhram Poyam, natives of Bastar district and a nearby region and the driver Manishankar Rai of Umarkot (Odisha), the SP said.