Assam : Rare and exotic animals from Africa, South America recovered
Guwahati, Mar 24 (IBNS): While illicit wildlife trade is continuing in India, Assam police on Saturday rescued several rare and exotic animals of Africa, South America, Madagascar from state capital Guwahati.
According to the reports, the animals are being smuggled from Myanmar through Mizoram to New Delhi.
Based on an intelligence input, the Jorabat police had checked a Tata Sumo vehicle came from Mizoram at Jorabat area, outskirt of Guwahati and recovered several rare and exotic animals worth Rs 5 crore.
The police arrested a person who has been identified as Pradip Kumar hailing from Uttar Pradesh along with the driver of the vehicle.
Three palm size monkey from the thick canopied rain forest of South America (Marmosat), couple of exotic pets (Sugar Glider), two burrowing Mongoose (Merekat), huge turtle form Seychelles Aldabra Island ( Aldabra Turtle), two rare Albino Burmese Python, one giant scorpion of Africa, one Saharan spring tailed lizzard, four most venomous snake of Africa ( Gaboon Viper) concealed in cages were rescued by the police personnel.
In the preliminary interrogation, it was revealed that the recovered animals have been smuggled into the country from Myanmar through Mizoram.
The recovered animals have been kept in the Assam State Zoo.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)