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Forest staff’s role suspected in tusk seizure case 

Published: 14th November 2012 10:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2012 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

The Forest Department of Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands on Tuesday said the department suspected involvement of its staff in the recent elephant tusk seizure case.
 On November 8, the Crime Investigation Department and Central Crime Station units of Andaman and Nicobar Police seized two elephant tusks from Port Blair and arrested three persons when they were making efforts to sell the items.
 Talking to Express, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests D V Negi said there were two possibilities for availability of elephant tusk in black market in Andamans.
 “The tusks may have gone out of the seized stock.
 If that is the case, then there will be involvement of forest department staff in the incident,” Negi said.
 Elephant poaching from North Andaman Islands was another possibility, he said.
 According to reports, Shyam Nagar village of Diglipur Island and Interview Island of North Andamans have more than 50 wild elephants.
 When asked if the Forest Department had failed to protect elephants from poachers, Negi retorted: “If the forest department is not doing anything, how were these elephants protected for such a long time?”

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