Two held with 1.2 kg of elephant ivory in West Bengal

Published: Nov 12, 2019, 21:07 IST | ANI |

The carcass of an adult female rhino was found with the horn missing in the Jaldapara National Park on October 31

This picture has been used for representational purposes only
This picture has been used for representational purposes only

The officers of North Bengal Special Task Force and Belakoba forest range seized 1.2 kgs of elephant ivory and arrested two persons from Srirampur Bengal-Assam border on Sunday night. The operation was led by Sanjay Dutta who is head of the Task Force and Ranger, Belakoba forest range.

The accused have been identified as Gem Dorji, a resident Thimpu in Bhutan and Rabindra Basumatary, a resident of Chirang district of Assam. "During the interrogation, the accused persons confessed that they have a connection with the Rhino horn missing case, recently reported from Jaldapara National Park," officials said.

The officers are conducting an investigation to get the missing horn. The carcass of an adult female rhino was found with the horn missing in the Jaldapara National Park on October 31. With over 250 rhinos, the Jaldapara sanctuary is the largest habitat of the species in Bengal.

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