MYSORE: Two men were arrested for allegedly possessing a tiger pelt here on Thursday.
Ashokapuram police took Shivanna and Jagadish, residents of Jayanagar, into custody after they were found moving around in a suspicious manner near a park. To their surprise, police found tiger skin in their bag.
Inspector Harish Babu K M said that Shivanna, a plumber, and his friend Jagadish have been taken into custody for investigation. "We are still clueless about where they got the pelt. The worn-out hide, which is old, has been recovered in pieces," the inspector said.
The two men, who did not disclose their source, have been booked under the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act (1972). They may be taken into police custody for further probe.
Meanwhile, DCF (territorial) V Karikalan and DCF (wildlife) K Kamala claimed that they have not got any information about the arrest. Karikalan said that he will check with local police about the seizure of the tiger pelt.
Two years ago, Mysore police caught a man with a fake pelt. The accused was caught while trying to sell the hide of an oxen after painting it like that of a tiger.
Man held for illegally refilling LPG: A youth was arrested late on Wednesday for allegedly carrying out an illegal business in east Mysore. Govindaraju, 37, a resident of Alanahalli here, has been accused of illegally refilling domestic LPG cylinders in Yeraganahalli. Fifteen cylinders, refilling equipment and Rs 4,500 have been seized from him.
CCB police, accompanied by the inspectors of food and civil supplies department, raided a shop bearing the name board 'AJ Medical' in Vidyanagar and seized the cylinders.