Mumbai: Police on Monday arrested three persons from Nagpur district for allegedly smuggling tiger parts.
According to the report, after getting a tip-off, the forest department arrested the accused near a temple in Ramtek on Sunday.
According to news agency PTI, tiger whiskers were also found in the toolbox of their two-wheeler. Vishal Borhate, the additional conservator of forests, told PTI that the police have confiscated tiger parts from the accused.
The accused revealed that tiger parts kept at their native place in Madhya Pradesh, following which they were seized it Chhindwara district. According to the report, the accused have been identified as 35-year-old Ramdas Bhangu Chavhan, Tarasingh Shivprasad Rathore and 31-year-old, Bhikamsingh Jeetsingh Rathod. Meanwhile, the three were produced before the court on Monday which has granted forest custody of the accused till Friday.
In similar case, the two men arrested for allegedly carrying an elephant's ivory tusks with them. These tusks were priced at Rs 25 lakh in the international market. The two accused were identified as Sachin Chougule and Pravin Shere, who were residents of Mumbai and were arrested from Kasarwadavali.