Hasimara, 5th March: A person smuggling a live Pangolin was caught at Hasimara on Wednesday.
Working on a secret Information, a special task force led by Company Commander Neeraj Kumar Sharma & troops of ‘C’ Coy SSB Jaigaon (53 bn) and Hamiltonganj range forest officials campaigned along NH31 at Hasimara’s Sanglan area under Kalchini block of Alipurduar district.
During this time, the joint forces intercepted a person from whom a live Pangolin of of length of 99 CM, weight 6.87 kg, locked in a bag was recovered. In this connection, Anwar Hossain, a resident of Nathabari under Tufanganj block in Cooch Behar district, was arrested.
On this, Ranger Amlendu Majhi of Hamiltonganj Forest Range said, “the recovered pangolin was being smuggled from Assam via Bhutan and it was to be delivered to some unknown person at Hasimara. More people are likely to be involved in this case, which is being investigated”.
The seized item with apprehended person handed over to Forest Range office Hamiltonganj. The person arrested in the incident will be produced in Alipurduar Court on Thursday.
It is to be noted, that Pangolin are endangered species. They are unique mammals popularly known as anteaters. Their body is covered with hard scales made of protein called keratin and they mainly feeds on ants and termites. They are highly vulnerable to poaching for their scales, skin, meat and various body parts used in traditional medicines and yields high prices in the international markets. The species is protected under Schedule I of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.