Elephant tusks seized , 3 detained

India: A police team led by sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Dhakuakhana, Soumar Jyoti Bhuyan seized two elephant tusks from a house in Bahir Kapsan village in Lakhimpur district on Sunday. The owner of the house, Monu Doley and two suspected poachers, Bolin Kalita and Binod Yein, who were found to be in possession of the ivory tusks, have been detained by the police.
"Based on specific information, we conducted a raid and recovered two elephant tusks from the house in Bahir Kapsan village. One of the tusks was 19.2 inch long while the other was was 13.5 inch long. Both had a combined weight of 4.790 kg. Three persons, including the house owner, have been detained," the SDPO said.
Police suspect that the elephant tusks were extracted from poached elephants in the forest areas of the state for smuggling to South-east Asian countries via Bangladesh. Poachers usually target the illegal markets in China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and some other Asian countries where the demand for ivory is high. India is home to 27,300 of the 50,000-odd Asian elephants found across the world and every year, scores of elephants are killed by poachers for their ivory which fetches a very high price in the international market.

(Source: The Times of India)