Three persons were apprehended on Sunday in connection with the selling/trading of body parts of a fully grown Royal Bengal Tiger by a joint operation team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India, Guwahati team, Assam and Arunachal State Forest Department and Jonai Police under Dhemaji district, Assam.
As per sources from WCCB, a trap was laid to arrest the wildlife smugglers and they posed as buyers of tiger parts. After fixing a deal of selling the Tiger parts with an amount of rupees forty lakhs, the smugglers camped in Pasighat were brought down to Ruksin gate (Assam-Arunachal boundary), where they were finally arrested by the joint operation team of WCCB, forest department of Assam and Arunachal along with Jonai Police.
The arrested smugglers have been identified as Tajing Jomyang (52), Jobang Paro (51), and Tayi Jisi (47). As per Rituraj Doley, SDPO Jonai, Tayi Jisi is a cashier under RWD Department, Pasighat in whose car the dried parts of hunted Royal Bengal Tiger was transported to Ruksin-Jonai in packed cartoons like normal marketed items to evade easy attention of police.
Jonai PS Officer-in-Charge, Ghana Kanta Borah informed that the case is being investigated and the case will be registered by the forest department under Wildlife Protection Act etc.
Meanwhile, WCCB officials closely materialising the arrest informed that wildlife crimes in Arunachal Pradesh is a serious threat to the existence of many are wild animals including Royal Bengal Tiger which is rapidly declining due to poaching.
The arrested wildlife smugglers have said that, they received the Tiger from Tuting under Upper Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh where it had been reportedly killed by trapping. Meanwhile, the WCCB and police officials are investigating the case.
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