The city police on Monday arrested a man for illegally selling a coral, 15 shells and nine Australian Budgerigars.
Acting on a tip-off from animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi, the accused KC Bindra, owner of Petworld shop, was nabbed, police said.
After receiving a complaint through email, Gandhi assigned some activist of the People For Animals (PFA) to approach Bindra as customers.
PFA member Shilpa Choudhary entered into a deal for buying coral and shells from Bindra on phone. The deal was settled for R90,000. Police nabbed Bindra when he was selling the products to Choudhary.
A case has been registered with Sector 29 police station under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
“We have arrested the seller. He will be produced before the judicial magistrate tomorrow,” said Jagdish Prasad, SHO, Sector 29 police station.
The police have sent the seized items to the forensic lab in Dehradun. “The items are worth lakhs of rupees," said Sourabh Gupta, a member of PFA. According to the activists, these animals are smuggled into the country with the chicken shells that are exported here.
Bindra's associate Anuradha claimed that he was being framed. She alleged that PFA activist themselves placed the items in the shop.