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A case of ivory smuggling has come to light in Udaipur, Rajasthan. This smuggling was being done by a SI of CRPF. Police have arrested five people including SI in this case. A woman is also included among the accused. The police have also recovered a large quantity of ivory from the accused. The smugglers had come to Sabina area of Udaipur to sell this consignment, but were caught by the police before they could reach the customer.
According to Udaipur Police, Sabina Police team had received information about ivory smuggling from Jaipur Crime Branch. It was told that some people in Udaipur had brought elephant tusks illegally and were trying to sell it. The police swung into action on this information and with the help of surveillance, traced and arrested the accused. During interrogation, it was revealed that the arrested accused is a CRPF sub-inspector. A woman is also involved in this smuggling.
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According to Sabina police, these accused were arrested near Nela pond. Police have also recovered a consignment of ivory from the accused. The CRPF sub-inspector caught during police interrogation identified himself as Rahul Meena, resident of Alwar. Said that his family is currently living in Delhi. He himself is posted in Kashmir. During police interrogation, he declared himself to be the main leader of the gang. According to the police, other accused arrested along with Rahul Meena include Amrit Singh, resident of Dausa, Arjun Meena and Sanjay, residents of Bharatpur and Rita Shah, resident of Jaipur.
Rhino horn is sold for 2.5 crores
The accused told that they have been smuggling animal remains for a long time. They especially collect ivory and rhinoceros horns from Coimbatore and smuggle them to different parts of the country. He started making huge profits in this. Accused Rahul Meena told that in Rajasthan, rhino horns are easily sold for Rs 2.5 crore. Similarly, a handsome amount is also paid for ivory. The accused told during police interrogation that after appointment in CRPF, he was posted in Sopore, Kashmir.
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Since he wanted to become rich quickly, he took leave in the month of August and went straight to Coimbatore. From there he took ivory and rhinoceros horn from local smugglers and returned to his home in Alwar. Now he was trying to dispose of the smuggled goods in Rajasthan and had reached Udaipur for this purpose. Police have recovered ivory about three feet long and weighing 8 kg from the accused. Its price in the international market has been estimated at around Rs 1.5 crore.
Input: Rajesh Dangi