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Elephant tusks recovered in Tripura, three arrested

      Agartala: The West Agartala Police today said that they have recovered five elephant tusk from poachers. Police said that acting on a tip-off, they arrested three poachers from whom the five tusks weighing more than five kilogram were recovered on Wednesday night. The poachers were later handed over to the forest guards, who are interrogating them. One of the poachers, Sunacharan Debbarma (34), revealed that the tusks were brought from remote Dombur area in South Tripura and were to be transited through Agartala. However, forest officials suspect that the tusk were to be transited through Bangladesh to the Middle East, where they are in high demand and also have high market value. They believe that at least three elephants from the jungles of Tripura were poached to get the tusks. According to official record, there are around 50 elephants in Tripura and a proposal of Project Elephant is pending in New Delhi to protect the mammoths. Forest Ranger Bimalengshu Ray said that elephants were regular targets of poachers in the state for their tusk. He did not overrule militants' hand behind this activity.
- Nov 24, 2006

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