The Kollegal police and the mobile Forest squad have arrested 12 persons in the Hanur forest division and seized tiger claws and other wildlife derivatives from them.
Though officials were tight-lipped about the operation, other sources in the Forest Department confirmed on Sunday that the authorities had definite information about the gang and zeroed in on its members near the Hanur forest. Apart from 18 tiger claws, the authorities also seized what is suspected to be tiger whiskers, and cash.
According to sources, during interrogation the gang members, including four women, said they were from Madhya Pradesh and claimed they were involved in the sale of plastic materials and were living in tents. They denied any involvement in poaching, but admitted that they had burgled a few temples, sources said.