A youth from Sindhudurg district was arrested when he was about to sell the skin of a barking deer worth Rs1 lakh at Mumbra in Thane on Thursday.
The accused, identified as Sangam Sakharam Ghogre, 20, is a resident of Kudal village in Sindhudurg district. As per police officers, during the investigation, they found that Ghogre had come to Thane through train and then he travelled to Mumbra to look for a prospective buyer for the animal skin.
“He kept the selling price at Rs50,000 but the actual market value is more than Rs1 lakh,” said a police officer from Mumbra police station.
Senior police inspector from Mumbra police station R Tayade said, “We rushed to a sport near railway tracks in Diva soon after we got a tip off about Ghogre. He was there calling out passers-by to make a sale around 1am. We caught him and found two barking deer’s skin packed in a plastic bag with him.”
“We have arrested the youth and remanded him in police custody. When questioned about the skin, he said that he had hunted the deer down in a forest.” said deputy commisioner of police from zone -1, Abhishek Trimukhe while adding that they also seized the skulls of the deer.
“We are investigating the matter in Sindhudurg to know if he had hunted the animals or someone had handed the skin over to him, “ added Trimukhe.
The skin will be sent to forensic lab and the forest department was alerted soon after the seizure. Ichchant Kambli, range forest officer from Thane, said, “It seems to be the skin of barking deer and we are investigating the case. It’s a schedule -3 species, we want police to tell us the exact location so that we can investigate more on this case and know if there is a supplier or hunter in that area or someone running a racket.”