Gang involved in ivory trade unearthed in Mettur

Forest officials have unearthed another gang involved in ivory trade and seized six tusks, making it the third ivory seizure in the state in less than a month.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2010, 15:55 PM IST

Salem (Tamil Nadu): Forest officials
have unearthed another gang involved in ivory trade and seized
six tusks, making it the third ivory seizure in the state in
less than a month.

One person was arrested in the district in this
connection on March 13 by a special team of Forest Department
officials led by Deputy Conservator of Forests Kandasami.

Following a tip-off, the team intercepted the suspects
near Mettur, Salem. While three of them escaped, one was
nabbed and six elephant tusks were seized from his possession,
according to a statement from Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)
which assisted the officials in the case.

Tamil Nadu Forest Department authorities along with
the WTI had earlier this month seized a pair of tusks in
Hosur. Prior to this, another pair of 5.5 feet long tusks were
seized in Dharmapuri, on February 20.

PTI