Gang involved in ivory trade unearthed in Mettur

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.