While the crackdown has come as a huge boost to the Forest Department’s enforcement, it has also exposed a worrying factor - poaching of big cats in and across the borders.
All the accused are the middlemen who were apprehended by the joint WCCB and forest team while striking a deal for the sale of the skins.
Court in Chhattisgarh dismisses bail plea of eight govt officials arrested for possessing tiger skin
A joint team of Chhattisgarh police and the forest department in Bastar had seized tiger skin from a vehicle that was on its way to Jagdalpur from Dantewada.
The accused said the skin was meant for some religious ceremony on the occasion of Shivratri in Jagdalpur city.
Anamalai Tiger Reserve officials on Monday arrested six persons for allegedly trying to sell tiger skin for Rs 1 crore in Ashok Nagar near Pollachi.