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Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Two antelope horns seized in Pune, one arrested

Police said accused was planning to sell the smuggled good for Rs 10,000.

pune Updated: Oct 10, 2019 16:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Antelope horns are smuggled and used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Antelope horns are smuggled and used in traditional Chinese medicine. (FOR REPRESENTATION ONLY)
         

The Pune police arrested one person in possession of two antelope horns on Wednesday and seized the horns. 

The accused was identified as Ajinkya Shitole, 19, a resident of Mahesh Society, who according to police officials, was planning to sell the two horns for Rs 10,000. Shitole was caught at Upper depot in Bibvewadi. 

Kumar Ghadge, police inspector, Bibvewadi police station, said, “We got a tip-off that the accused was coming to Upper depot on Wednesday in search of a customer to sell the two two antelope horns. We deployed policemen at the junction and caught him.” 

According to initial police investigation, the deal to sell two horns was fixed at Rs 10,000, but and it could be more in the international market. “We are still investigating if the arrested had poached the deer and if he is a repeat offender,” Ghadge added. 

The police registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. 

First Published: Oct 09, 2019 19:05 IST

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