Three Bhutanese held with rhino horn, ivory

Three Bhutanese held with rhino horn, ivory
Mon, Jan 7, 2019

PRASHANT ACHARYA

SILIGURI: Foresters of Belakoba range arrested three Bhutanese nationals along with rhino horn and ivory during a covert operation in the Dooars area on Saturday night. Acting on a tip off, the team led by Belakoba forest ranger Sanjay Dutt arrested the three men from Sulka More of Nagarkata.
Dutt said, “I along with my team approached the suspected in disguise and they revealed that they are in possession of a Rhino Horn which is destined to be sold in Kathmandu, Nepal for a whopping sum of Rs. 50 lakh. In the process of my operation, we found three miscreants involved in the heinous act. We searched their vehicle and found a bag containing a rhino horn and an elephant tusk.”
The rhino horn weighed 1030 grams and the tusk weighed 500.05 grams. The vehicle, the arrested persons and the seized consignment was brought to Belakoba range.
Investigations revealed that the three men are Bhutanese citizens and two among them are government contractors for a trader involved in export-import business dealing with South Asian and Arab countries. They stated that they received the consignment from a Bodo person in Assam.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min- 13°C
Winter: Max- 13°C ; Min- 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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