GUWAHATI: Leopard parts were seized during a joint operation conducted by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Guwahati and a forest team from Nameri range office at the Chariduar-Bhalukpong Road in Sonitpur district of central Assam on Tuesday, official sources informed.

One person, identified as Bablu Payeng (26) from Uttar Dharikati police station in Sonitpur district, has been detained in connection with the recovery.

“The operation was based on intelligence inputs developed by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Guwahati and conducted in the Chariduar area from 10am to 1pm. Four leopard canine teeth, 12 leopard nails and 109 leopard bones with skull (10 kg approximately) were recovered from the detained person near a GREF camp in the area,” WCCB sources said on Wednesday. 

One motorbike was also seized during the operation.

The case has been handed over to the Nameri range office for further investigation.

Leopards are enlisted in Schedule -1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and any offence related to leopards entails seven to 10 years imprisonment in Assam with a penalty up to Rs 50000.

It may be mentioned that WCCB, Guwahati has over the past few months launched an intensive drive against alleged wildlife smugglers across the region.

Earlier last month, several wildlife parts, including skin and skull of a Royal Bengal Tiger, were recovered from an oil depot at Banderdewa along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border by teams from WCCB Guwahati, police (from both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) and the forest department.

Three persons from Arunachal Pradesh were detained.

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