Guwahati: Valuable Animal Skin, Organs Recovered at Kamakhya Temple Premises
GUWAHATI: A huge quantity of organs and animal skin was recovered during a raid by the Forest Department from the premises of Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has seized a huge cache of wild animal body parts besides marine animal products in a raid at Kamakhya Temple premises in Guwahati.
The WCCB has also arrested three involved in the matter, namely Jitendra Saha, Rahul Choudhury and Santosh Gupta
. All of them were involved in selling valuable parts of animals. They belonged from outside Assam.
The operation team led by Forest Range Officer Pankaj Kumar Borah and WCCB Intelligence Assistant Hiten Borah also included other WCCB officials. The first raid conducted at Ganeshguri Lakhi Mandir resulted in seizure of 600 pieces of sea fans (enlisted in Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972). A man identified as Rahul Choudhary, was arrested and based on his confession, another raid was conducted at two places of a market area of Kamakhya Temple, the official said.
This was confirmed to G Plus by the Guwahati Wildlife DFO, Jayanta Deka.
Meanwhile, the Kamakhya authorities were totally unaware about the developments. As per the authorities, the incident happened in the old parking premises of the temple. "Many people have their shops and businesses in that area. This work is not of Kamakhya locals but by outsiders," Mohit Sarma, Head Priest of Kamkhya told G Plus.
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