After a major operation against tiger and leopard skin and body parts traders, Delhi Police on Sunday claimed to have busted the ‘biggest gang of poachers and smugglers’ evading arrest for more than 20 years.
Over 18 kilos of tiger skulls, bones, nails and teeth worth several crores of rupees were recovered from three persons arrested for illegal sale and supply of derivatives of endangered animals under the Wildlife Protection Act.
The accused have been identified as Surajpal, 65, Suraj Bhan, 28, and Naresh, 32. According to Ravindra Yadav, Additional Commissioner of Police (crime and railways), the recovered derivatives are in demand in China and south east Asia.
“A well preserved and stuffed tiger sells for several crores in international market,” Yadav added.
On sustained interrogation, the accused told police that the derivatives were purchased from a herdsman in Nagina town in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district. Nagina lies in the foothills below Uttarakhand and is adjacent to and right in between Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park.
An interesting fact has come to light that the poachers used to offer their domestic animals, pasted with poison, as a bait to attract tigers. Dead tigers were later found within a radius of 6-10 kms.
The poachers also kept an eye over the tiger’s activities and immediately after death, they took away the tiger from jungle to their cordoned area. More....