India: The crime branch of Jaipur police claimed a major success after it arrested three persons and seized elephant tusks .
The crime branch led by ACP Mahavir Singh, arrested Kamlesh Sharma (35), a resident of Bassi in Jaipur; Amit Sharma (23), a resident of Jamwaramgarh; and Vishnu Prasad Sharma (23), a resident of Andhi area.
The police said that they recovered six kg of elephant tusks from the trio. “They had been planning to sell them off in the illegal market where there is a high demand for tusks,” an official said.
The police said that there is a thriving industry for illegal ivory in China, which often drives up demand in India.
The police had received a tip-off that three youths would be coming to a park to sell tusks, following which a team, which included Mannendra Singh, Purshottam Sharma, Dwarka Prasad, Avinash and Bhura Ram, laid a trap and arrested the trio. The accused were planning to sell these tusks to buyers, “We are now trying to find out who all were in their contact lists and where did they get supply of so many illegal products from,” an official said.
The Jaipur rural police have not ruled out the possibility of an active, illegal wildlife trade racket operating in the city.
(Source: The Times of India)