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Tiger skeletal from Dmu seized in Ghy
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 18:
Published on 19 Jun. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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Customs sleuths Friday seized a full-grown tiger skeletal and pangolins scales from Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport Guwahati. The products meant to be smuggled to China were intercepted Wednesday and Thursday in two separate consignments sent from Dimapur. The Wild Life Control Bureau estimated the cost of the consignments in the International market at over Rs. 2 crore. “The consignments-- 320 kg of Pangolin scales and a tiger skeleton were sent through the Railway Mail Service to Guwahati bound for Imphal by an Air India flight,” North East Customs Commissioner, SR Baruah told Nagaland Post.
Consignments were neatly packed in cartons and wrapped in multiple layers of Hessian clothes sent in two consignments Baruah said adding the consignments, as per intelligence inputs, was meant to be smuggled to Myanmar from Manipur and finally to China.
“Tiger bones are largely smuggled to China for use in traditional medicines, fashion and high-end products,” Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India said. She said most of the wildlife animals were smuggled out to China through Jaigaon (North Bengal) via Eastern Nepal, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur via Myanmar. A kilo of Pangolin scale is worth about Rs 60,000 while a gram of crush Tiger bone cost almost Rs 1000 in the International market. Meanwhile, customs officials registered case and investigations are on.

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