19 Mar 2009, 1320 hrs IST, AGENCIES
NEW DELHI: In a joint operation by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttarakhand Police Department and Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI),
one person was arrested and two leopard skins were recovered from him in the Vasant Vihar area of Dehradun.
The accused hailing from Chamoli district of Uttarakhand together with a co-accused currently absconding, poisoned the mule killed by the leopards almost two years ago. They later skinned the two leopards and stored the skins in order to make an opportunistic profit from the sale.
WPSI's wildlife crime database shows that in the year 2009 alone 39 leopard skins have been seized across the country by various different enforcement agencies.
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