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Forest Department smells rat in elephant tusk seizure case

Posted on Nov 13, 09:46PM | UNI

The Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar Islands today said the department suspects involvement of its own staffs in the November 8 elephant tusk seizure case.

The CID and Central Crime Station (CCS) units of A and N Police had seized two elephant tusks from Port Blair and arrested three persons in this connection.

Talking to UNI, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest DV Negi today said there are two possibilities behind availability of elephant tusk in black market of Andamans. 'The tusk may either have gone out of the seized stock and if it is so then there will be involvement of staffs of this department,' the PCCF said.

Referring to the other possibility, he said there could be poaching of elephants from North Andaman Islands.

According to reports, Shyam Nagar Village of Diglipur Island and Interview Island of North Andaman have more than 50 Feral elephants.

When asked if the Forest Department had failed to protect elephants from poachers, the PCCF said, 'If the forest department is not doing anything how these elephants are protected for such a long time.'