Raipur: Five alleged wildlife traders were arrested in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, and skins of tiger and leopard were seized from their possession, police said.
The traders were apprehended late last night at Gyani Chowk under Kanker police station while they were heading towards Raipur to reportedly sell the smuggled skins, Superintendent of Police R N Dash.
They were carrying the skins in an SUV. The exact market value of the skins are yet to be ascertained, he said.
The arrested wildlife traders, however, claimed it to be around 50 lakh in the international market, the SP said, adding that the SUV has also been seized.
Those nabbed were - Ros Immanuel, Domar Singh Sethiya, Budhram Poya and Sukhram Poyam -- all natives of Bastar district and nearby region. The driver of the vehicle, Manishankar Rai, belongs to Umarkot in Odisa, police said.
Upon interrogation, the accused confessed of carrying the wildlife skins from Bijapur to Raipur for selling them, the SP added.
A case has been registered against the arrested under relevant sections of Wildlife Protection Act and further probe was on, police said.