Forestmen from Nagpur Forest Division arrested two accused involved in smuggling of pangolin body parts on Fulzari road, near Hiwra village in Paoni Forest range on Tuesday night.
A press note issued by Dr Bharat Singh Hada, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Nagpur, informed that a team laid a trap on thevtip-off and nabbed Prashant GaneshvChachere (27) and Dilip Mayaram Admane (38), both residents of Khanora village and seized about 25 pieces of scales from their possession. Forestmen also seized Honda bike (MH 40 R 3531).
An offence has been registerd against them under sections 9, 11, 38(J), 39, 48, 50 and 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Durong interrogation, they disclosed name of one Mitalram Chamru Bhalavi, resident of Ramjan Ghoti involving in the poaching. Forestmen raided his house on Thursday and seized 15 kg pangolin scales, three eggs of pea-hens, peacock feathers in nylon bag, wire traps, nets, four axes etc.
The accused was not present in his house atvthe time of raid. He is missing.
Forestmen produced both the accused before JMFC, Ramtek, who granted them Forest Custody Remand till August 27.
P G Kodape, DFO (Vigilance), S B Giri, ACF, R N Bhongade, R D Shende, both RFOs and others extended active cooperation. Further inestigation is underway.