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Big haul of animal skins


Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, Feb. 12. — In one of the biggest wildlife haul in the region, police recovered whole skins of 20 leopards and 19 civet cats, reportedly worth Rs 50 lakh.

Three persons have also been arrested.

The haul was made from an ambassador car which was intercepted by the police near the Medical More last night as it was travelling out of the town. Mr Rajeev Mishra, Additional SP, Siliguri, said the arrested persons, which includes a woman, were present in the car. They are Praladh, Tapan Sarkar and his wife Archana Sarkar.

The police had been tipped off about the consignment being enroute to Nepal.

The incident has again reaffirmed Siliguri’s noto-riety at the global scale in being one of the marked places in global trafficking of wildlife and their body parts. Much of the trafficking from Siliguri is, however, confined to ivory and rhino horns.

Investigations are on to locate the place from where the skins had originated.



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