Illegal Wildlife Trade in Assam continues amid COVID-19 pandemic


GUWAHATI | Sept 08, 2020:

A joint team of Sashastra Seema Bal, Assam Police along with the Forest Department arrested three persons on Monday and seized animal parts in Baksa district.

The poachers, identified as Lankeswar Basumatari, Binod Basumatari and Madan Gayari, were held from Hapasara-Korebari area and two elephant tusks weighing 3.75 kg, a deer horn, a country-made gun, ammunition and other items were seized.

Acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of poachers surrounding Baksa, an operation was conducted near the India-Bhutan border.

The SSB said that the three poachers were involved in poaching of an elephant at Jamguri forest two weeks ago and had cut off its tusks to traffic them later.

The police have investigated the matter.