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Poaching network from India to China unravelled

Sixteen people — part of a network that smuggles tiger parts from India to China — were arrested in the past week from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, wildlife officials said. Chetan Chauhan reports.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2009 01:22 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Sixteen people — part of a network that smuggles tiger parts from India to China — were arrested in the past week from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, wildlife officials said.

Their leader, Babu, is a Tibetan from north Delhi’s Majnu ka tila. He was arrested by a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation and National Wildlife Crime Control Bureau.

With the arrests, Babu’s network has been unravelled, officials said. “He has been smuggling tiger parts for the last 10-12 years,” a senior member of the investigating team told HT.

The skin and body parts of an adult tiger fetches about Rs 10 lakh in the international market, the official said.

In Gurgaon, the police arrested Bhima Solanki, a poacher from whose Faridabad house a 14-feet-long carcass of a tiger has been recovered last year.