Pangolin scales worth Rs 1 crore seized, three arrested

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Pangolin scales worth Rs 1 crore seized, three arrested

PRASHANT ACHARYA

SILIGURI, January 20: A team lead by Sanjay Dutta, forest ranger, Baikunthapur Forest Division, arrested three persons along with 47.9 kilograms of Pangoling scales. Among arrested, one is from Punjab and two are from Haryana. 

The arrested persons involved in smuggling the Pangolin scales have been identified as Bagchand Dhabi (69), Dhanvir Dhabi (35) and Dalbir Dhabi (55).

According to forest officials, the estimated market value of the seized scales is approximately Rs. 1 crore.

ADFO of Baikunthapur forest division, Manjula Tirkey said the consignment was brought from Madhya Pradesh and the trio were about to enter Nepal to sell it.   

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