The Chamarajanagar Rural police on Sunday arrested two persons for poaching and seized a country riffle, bullets, and four pieces of ivory tusks.
Rajendra Prasad, Superintendent of Police, told presspersons here on Monday that Deve Gowda and Mahadeva of Ethanadoddi village had shot at a male elephant in the Boodipadaga wildlife area and removed its tusks on January 20. The forest officials lodged a complaint with the police on January 23.
The police and the forest cell of the Criminal Investigation Department formed a team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Muthuswamy Naidu to nab the culprits.
The team members visited places such as Kolipalya, Veeraiahanapura, Mookanapalya, Punajanoor, and Ethanadoddi in the State and Talavadi, Sathyamangalam, Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Tirupur and Gopichettipalyam in Tamil Nadu.
They arrested the culprits from Mookanapalya after being tipped off by local residents.
During interrogation, they admitted that they shot at the elephant with the help of five others in Dabankere ‘D’ line forest limits and removed the tusks. Later, they sold the ivory pieces to Shamunayak of Mookanapalya.