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Three held in Ranchi with Pangolin scales

Forest official says the trio might have been members of an inter-state racket
Ranchi divisional forest officer Shrikant Verma said that three persons including one from Bengal’s Alipurduar, one from Bihar’s Madhubani and another a Ranchi native
Ranchi divisional forest officer Shrikant Verma said that three persons including one from Bengal’s Alipurduar, one from Bihar’s Madhubani and another a Ranchi native
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Animesh Bisoee   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 24.01.23, 03:15 AM

Jharkhandforest department officials on Monday evening nabbed three persons with over a kilogramme of pangolin scales from a hotel near Ranchi railway station.

Ranchi divisional forest officer Shrikant Verma said that three persons including one from Bengal’s Alipurduar, one from Bihar’s Madhubani and another a Ranchi native were waiting for a dealer from Ranchi to sell the scales when the forest officials raided their room in the low-budget hotel acting on a tip-off.

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“We are currently interrogating the trio and not divulging their identity. During initial questioning, they admitted to having over 20kg of pangolin scales. We have a feeling that they were members of an inter-state racket and we would like to nab their leader,” said Verma.

The forest official informed that the pangolin is listed as a critically endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red data book and is also a schedule-I animal under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.

The animal’s meat is largely consumed in China, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam and   are used in traditional medicines.

A kilogramme of scale costs around Rs 1 lakh.

Forest department sources revealed that pangolins are found in the forest near Ormanjhi, Kanke, Mccluskieganj and Khunti.



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