Kerala: 3 arrested with 479 pairs of leopard claws

Forest department officials seized 479 pairs of leopard claws from three persons in the temple town of Guruvayur near here.

Thrissur (Kerala): Forest department officials seized 479 pairs of leopard claws from three persons in the temple town of Guruvayur near here.

Acting on a tip off, a team of officials took them into custody from near an auditorium with the claws yesterday.

"We have acted on a tip off from forest intelligence that a gang was trying to sell leopard claws in the city. The arrested persons were under the surveillance of the intelligence wing for some time," Flying Squad DFO (Ernakulam) N Rajesh, said today.

The arrested were identified as P K Ajithan, Hameed and B Pushpan.

"During the initial interrogation, they said they bought this from Sudan. Later, they changed their version saying that they got the claws from tribal communities in Mysore. A clear picture will get only after detailed questioning," he said.

Sale of leopard claws is banned globally.

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