Four rare slender lorises – an endangered mammal – that were about to be sold were rescued by the Thane crime branch’s central crime detection unit and four people were arrested.
The arrested accused were trying to sell the mammals locally for Rs 70 lakh (experts peg the international value at Rs 5 crore). Officials also seized the car used for transporting the mammals.
Police laid a trap after receiving information that the accused were coming near Korum Mall in Thane to strike a deal. “The mammals were kept inside a bag in the four-wheeler and the accused were standing outside,” said Sharad Tawde, aconstable.
“The mammals are mostly seen in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Their body parts are used as medicine and even for black magi,” said Devidas Gheware, senior police inspector, Central Crime Detection Unit. “We are trying to send back the rare mammals to Kolhapur forest where they are mostly found.”