New Delhi: A clandestine dealer of animal
skin and body parts walked unwittingly into a police trap here
after he contacted BJP MP and known animal rights activist
Maneka Gandhi asking her whether she would be interested in
buying an ivory necklace.
The accused Raj Harminder Singh did not know Gandhi`s
credentials as an activist and contacted her after an east
Delhi businessman gave him her number saying she deals in sale
and purchase of animal skin and body parts, police said today.
He allegedly rang up Gandhi and fixed a meeting on
October 22 at her residence to finalise the deal, a senior
police official said.
"Gandhi informed us about it. She told us that a man
had approached her on phone asking whether she was interested
in buying an ivory necklace," the official said.
The BJP leader posed as a decoy and asked him to come
to her house and a deal was struck for Rs 8.5 lakh. Police was
informed and a team was deployed at her house to apprehend
Singh, a resident of Rohini, was apprehended when he
reached her house.
He allegedly procured this ivory necklace from an
unknown person in Chandni Chowk. Police is looking for the
person who gave him the ivory-necklace.
Singh was duped into believing that a businesswoman
was staying in 14-Ashoka Road who is interested in buying such
articles. The man gave the address and mobile contact of
Gandhi to Singh.
A case has been registered against Singh under
relevant sections of Wild Life Protection Act.