GUWAHATI: In one of the most biggest seizures of the pangolin scale in the northeast, the Wildlife Crime Keep an eye on Bureau (WCCB) in a joint operation with Meghalaya Police and Meghalaya forest branch seized around 44.28 Kgs of pangolin scale from Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district recently.
But even so, four live pangolins and other wildlife items like 43 Tokay gecko (all deceased) and two elephant tusks were also seized in the operation. No less than 10 persons were also arrested in connection to the incident.
WCCB sources said that acting on a tip-off, the joint team raided the residence of one Victorious Masharing from Khlichumsotem village in Ri-Bhoi district on April 19 and seized four live pangolins, 43 Tokay geckos and a large quantity of pangolin scale. Eight persons were apprehended all over the operation then.
Therefore, based on the remark of the arrested accused another operation has been conducted at the Nongpoh area in the same district on April 20 and seized two elephant tusks and arrested two persons.
“As per the remark of accused, they collected the entire contraband items in the neighborhood and closed at the house of Victorious Masharing for final two month and trying to sell someone. A case has been registered at Protection Range, Shillong and all accused have produced before the court at Ri-Bhoi district and send for judicial custody. Further investigation is occurring and the investigating team suspected that a big racket is involved in this case,” said WCCB sources.