India: A special team of the Tuticorin police involved in a hunt for ganja peddlers seized four tusks from a duo on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as G Rajavel, 33, of George Road and M Muniyasami, 43, of Ganesan Colony, Tuticorin.
Superintendent of police S Jayakumar said a special team on the lookout for ganja peddlers stumbled upon the duo. “While going through the WhatsApp chats of one of them, the team saw the pictures of tusks. On further probe, we identified the sellers. Later, we caught the duo, posing as prospective buyers,” the SP said, adding that the accused tried to flee when they realised that it was a trap.
However, they were held by a team from Tuticorin south police station comprising sub-inspector Shankar, head constable Saravana Ramesh and constable Pradeep.
The police seized four tusks measuring, 25cm, 26 cm, 31cm and 34cm-in length. Their two motorcycles were also seized. The accused and the seizure items were handed over to the forest department.
A case was registered against the duo under sections the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Inquiries were under way to identify the source.
Source: (Times of India)