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Two arrested, 142 tiger claws seized

Tiger claws sized by the RMC Yard police in Bengaluru.

Tiger claws sized by the RMC Yard police in Bengaluru.  

Some of those involved in the racket are from the Hakki Pikki tribe: Police

The RMC Yard police have arrested two people allegedly involved in a tiger poaching racket and seized 142 tigers claws from them.

The police unearthed the racket with the help of TRAFFIC, a global non-governmental organisation.

The accused had allegedly come to the city looking for prospective clients. They were caught with a bag full of tiger claws while they were waiting for customers at Yeshwantpur flower market on Thursday night.

The accused, Kavith Kumar, 23, and Gopi Rajana, 25, both residents of Nagamangala, were part of a wildlife poaching gang operating in Bandipur National Park, a senior police officer said.

The accused reportedly told the police that they had obtained the consignment from their contacts Sanjay and Vinu, who are from Pakshirajpura in Hunsur taluk of Mysuru district.

Investigations revealed that the accused have been hunting tigers for the last few years for their claws, teeth, and pelt.

Some of those involved in the racket are from the Hakki Pikki tribe and have frequented Singapore and Malaysia to smuggle out the wildlife products after hoodwinking Customs officials, Mohamed Mukarram, inspector, RMC Yard police station, said.

Officials of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau have now taken over investigation into the case.

Recently, a tusker was found dead in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. The highly decomposed carcass, which had at least 15 bullet wounds and no tusks, was found by Forest Department officials in Kothanur Range.

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