Wildlife smugglers held with tiger skin in Dehradun

Dehradun: Four suspected wildlife smugglers with international links were arrested and tiger skin and bones weighing 25 kg recovered from their possession in Dehradun.

Meer Hamza, Mohammad Alam, Dau and Santosh Duggal were arrested from Teen Pani area on Haridwar-Dehradun road yesterday by Uttarakhand Police's Special Task Force, SSP STF P Renuka Devi said on Monday.

A 11 ft long and 7 ft wide tiger skin, a skull and bones weighing 25 kg were recovered from their possession, she said.

A case under the Wildlife Protection Act has been registered against the accused at Raiwala police station and they are being interrogated, the official said.

Their arrest follows complaints that illegal poaching was going on in Rajaji and Corbert Tiger reserves and animal parts being sold to people from Nepal and Tibet in the border areas of Uttarakhand, she said.

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