4 Pangolin Poachers Including Former Army Officer Held


Siliguri: Special Task Force of Forest Range has raided Siliguri forest area and arrested four Pangolin poachers including former army officer on Saturday. STF handed over this poachers to the Siliguri Police.

Cops arrested four poachers from Siliguri and recovered six kg scales of Pangolin worth Rs 5 Lakhs. According to police sources, one accused is Former army officer and other is Teacher. Both are resident of Nepal and Darjeeling.

A gang of poachers, including a “sharp shooter” from Arunachal Pradesh and a teacher, sneaked into the Jaldapara National Park and shot dead an adult female rhino, sawing away its horn. Foresters could nab six of them and recovered the horn. Also, a rifle that they had buried in the forest, and live bullets, were also found.

“While leaving, they buried the .303 rifle in the forest, along with around 40 rounds of live cartridges. They were planning to smuggle the horn to Assam,” said an official.
Foresters got information and raided a private bus bound for Assam.

From the bus, they arrested Marto Riba, a resident of West Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh, Rajib Rava, who is teacher at a private school in Banarhat of Jalpaiguri and Raju Rava, a resident of Uttar Mendabari in Alipurduar district. They were carrying the horn.