Wednesday : In a joint operation launched by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Guwahati Forest Range at Kamakhya Temple, led to the seizing of a huge hoard of animal body parts beside marine animal products.
The raid, believed to be one of the biggest in years, included marine animal products besides musk pods, porcupine spikes and other animal body parts.This is the first time that marine products have been seized in the Northeast – a region far away from coasts of the country, said a WCCB official.
Another raid was also conducted at Ganeshguri Lakhi Mandir, where the officials found 600 pieces of sea fans.
29 kg of sea fans were seized from the possession of Jitendra Saha at Kamakhya temple. Other seizures there included 5 kg sea fan from Santosh Gupta, 14 pieces of suspected musk pod, 1.5 kg porcupine spikes, 43 pieces of Hathjora, and several unidentified animal body parts.
“This is the biggest marine products seizure in the country till date and we believe a big gang of smugglers is at work. Investigation is on and we hope to shed more light on the nefarious activities,” the official added.
Three persons have been arrested in this connection.
Inputs : Northeast Now