India: Forest department officials arrested three persons and recovered a rhino horn and ivory from their possession. The operation was carried out on Friday night and the arrests were made from Malbazar in Jalpaiguri. Of the arrested persons, one is a Bhutanese national and the other two are from Jaigaon and Banerhat on the India-Bhutan border.
Acting on a tip-off, Belakoba ranger Sanjay Dutta conducted a covert operation. He approached the three in disguise and came to know that they had a rhino horn which they were planning to sell in Kathmandu against a hefty amount.
The operation was carried out at Malbazar. The team arrested the trio from a vehicle searching from where the rhino horn and an ivory weighing five kgs were recovered. The vehicle, and the seized illegal consignment were brought to Belakoba range office.
The trio were identified as Arjun Tiwary of Bhutan, Subash Chhetri of Banerhat and Peter Rai of Jaigaon.
(Source: The Times of India)