Guwahati: Wildlife protection teams carried out a joint operation and rescued a Chinese pangolin from a location on national highway 37 near the Beki River in Barpeta Road on Saturday.

The operation, based on intelligence inputs, was led by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and assisted by North Kamrup division of Assam forest department and Wildlife Protection Society of India, a leading wildlife conservation organisation of the country.

Two persons, Mafizuddin and Sanjay Kumar Basumatary, have been detained in connection with the recovery of the pangolin (known as bon rou locally) weighing about 7.5kg.

Both hail from villages under Barpeta district of lower Assam.

The Chinese pangolin is enlisted in Schedule-I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and declared “Vulnerable to Critically Endangered” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Over the past few weeks, teams led by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Guwahati, have intensified drives against wildlife smugglers and have recovered several rare and precious wildlife parts, including tiger skin of a full grown Royal Bengal tiger and pangolin scales from across the state.

Of late, there has been a growing incidence of illegal transportation of wildlife, and wildlife parts, only to be intercepted by alert agencies. 

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