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6.6 kg elephant tusks recovered in Jaipur, 3 wildlife smugglers arrested

The cost of the ivory is estimated to be several crores. The trio was allegedly trying to sell it near Pondrik Park in Bramhapuri area for Rs 1 crore when they were arrested by the police.

October 23, 2018, 5:05 pm

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Jaipur: The crime branch of Jaipur North police on Tuesday arrested three ivory (elephant tusks) smugglers identified as Kamlesh Sharma, Amit Sharma, and Vishnu Sharma for smuggling more than 6 kg of ivory in the market. The cost of the ivory is estimated to be several crores. The trio was allegedly trying to sell it near Pondrik Park in Bramhapuri area for Rs 1 crore when they were arrested by the police. The police are now trying to ascertain how they procured elephant tusks in such a huge quantity. This is one of the biggest cases of wildlife smuggling reported in Jaipur in the recent past. According to the police, the three elephant tusks traffickers - Kamlesh Sharma, Amit Sharma, and Vishnu Sharma - were about to sell more than 6 kg of ivory to someone. The crime branch got a tip-off and held the accused near Brahmapuri area of Jaipur. Nearly 6.165 kg ivory was seized from the accused. The estimated cost of the seized ivory is Rs 2 crore in the international market. The accused wild smugglers have been booked under Section 26 of the Indian Forest Act of 1927 and Section 9, 39 and 51 of the Indian Wildlife Act 1972. Investigative agencies are trying to find the source of elephant tusks. Police officials said that they would be able to bust a network of wildlife smugglers with these arrests. Further investigation is going on. Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks and teeth of elephants. It gets used in art or manufacturing. It consists mainly of dentine, one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks.

First published: October 23, 2018