Pune police arrest two for possessing tiger skins
Pune | February 19, 2006 5:12:31 PM IST
Officials at the Yerawada police station arrested two people with two tiger skins worth rupees about three lakh, while they were planning to sell them in Kalyani Nagar of Pune.
The duo was arrested following a tip off from a police informer.
We were told by our informer that some people have come to Kalyani Nagar to sell two skins of Indian tigers. When I, along with the officials reached the place, we saw two men with two bags. Initially, they did not say anything. But on repeated questioning, they tried to run away. We nabbed them and recovered two skins of Indian tigers, said Anis Kazi, Senior Police Inspector, Yerwada Police Station.
During interrogation, it was discovered that the skins were brought from the jungles in Karnataka.
It was discovered that the tigers were trapped in a wire snare and was shot thereafter. The skin contained marks of three bullet wounds.
Interestingly, this modus-operandi was used by now deceased sandalwood smuggler Veerappan.
The police officials said a big group might be involved in the tiger skin racket. The accused are being further interrogated to find out the nexus, they said. (ANI)
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