TamilNadu: 3, including minor, arrested for selling tusks
TamilNadu: 3, including minor, arrested for selling tusks

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu forest officials have detained 3 people including a minor boy for poaching and selling elephant tusks in Erode. The forest officials acted on a tip-off after the officials in the Kadambur forest range detected that tusks were missing from the carcass of a wild elephant that was found dead On June 21 in the forest area.

The accused who were detained on Sunday evening are namely P. Sengottayan (41),  K. Sadaiyappan (45), and a 17-year-old boy, all belonging to Athiyur Puthur in the Sathyamangalam Forest range.

\The culprits revealed that they had entered the forest range in Kadambur and poured acid into the carcass of the elephant and removed the tusks.

A forest official with the Kadambur forest range said that they are probing  the people who have bought the tusks from the three people and are on the trail of the middlemen who had connected the buyers with the sellers.

While the two men were reportedly  remanded in judicial custody, the 17-year-old youth was sent to the observation home at Erode.

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