Dried sea horses seized at Sherathang

Dried sea horses seized at Sherathang
Thu, Nov 1, 2018

GANGTOK,: In a major crackdown on organised smuggling of unlisted items from the Indo-China border, Central agencies today recovered around 56.22 kg of dried sea horses from a Chinese vehicle at Sherathang trade mart near Nathu La border.
The sea horses packed in four cartons were seized by the Customs department under section 110 of the Customs Act and other rules. The seized item is worth around Rs.56.38 lakh and is categorised as an endangered species under schedule 1 of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act. The State Forest department would take over investigation of the case. Central agencies are on high alert at the international border following the seizure, official sources said.   


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