Gang of poachers nabbed, elephant tusks retrieved

The Criminal Investigation Department officials of the Forest Cell have nabbed a gang of seven poachers and recovered a pair of tusks weighing over 35 kilograms.

This arrest comes soon after two persons were arrested by Varthur police in August while tying to sell a pair of tusks that they had cut from elephants poached in Jawalagere Forest on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border nearly a year ago.

This year has seen eight tusks being recovered in the city.

The accused were trapped in a sting operation, as the CID team posing as prospective buyers approached the gang and caught them red-handed near Marsur Gate in Anekal on Tuesday.

The accused Vijay Kumar and his associates Akram, Chikkanna, Ramanjaneya, Srinivasa, Nagesh and Raju are resident of villages bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The accused have confessed that they had killed an elephant in the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu forest a few months ago and had brought the tusks to sell them in the city .

The officials are investigating the case further.

The seven accused were trapped in a sting operation by the CID team posing

as buyers

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