Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Three held with tiger skin, drugs

Three held with tiger skin, drugs 

 

Express News Service

 

Lucknow, July 4: THE city police claimed to have busted a gang of poachers with the arrest of three persons in J P Nagar today. A tiger skin worth Rs 25 lakh in the international market was recovered from them. The trio were also found to possess a kilogram of heroin estimated to cost Rs 1 crore in the international market.

 

The accused were nabbed following a joint operation by the local police and the Special Operations Group (SOG). They have been identified as Brahamdev Singh Saini, Yogesh Singh Jatav and Chandra Prakash Saini, all residents of J P Nagar).

 

‘‘They seem to be an inter-state gang of poachers, involved in the trade for quite long now,’’ said the Gomti Nagar (Circle Officer) Man Singh Chauhan.

 

Confirming this, Lucknow SSP G K Goswami said they had received information about animal skins being smuggled from Nepal to Delhi about a few months back.

 

‘‘We also had information that the gang operates from J P Nagar. A few days back, a few SOG constables went to the area posing as customers,’’ said Goswami.

 

The police decoys contacted the gang members and asked for drugs and tiger skin. The members agreed to deliver the goods today.

 

This afternoon, at around 1:15 pm, three members of the gang reached Ring Road Crossing to deliver the consignment. The police reached the spot and arrested them. A tiger skin and drugs wrapped in a polythene packet were recovered from their possession.

 

‘‘The investigations are on to get more details,’’ said Goswami.

 

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=191265

 

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