Aizawl: In a major breakthrough, Mizoram police on Thursday seized as many as 468 smuggled exotic wildlife species in state’s Champhai district.
Police have also apprehended five persons in connection with the case.
The rescued animals include four tortoises, 11 snakes, 442 lizards, four-toed sloths, two beavers, one wild cat and four pattos.
A team of the Champhai police in Mizoram nabbed Gospel Chanchintha (28), a resident of Lawngtlai district in Mizoram, and his four accomplices from Zokhawthar, an Indo-Myanmar border town.
Taking to twitter, Mizoram police said that they would not let smugglers to get away with exotic wildlife species.
The five animal smugglers were arrested while trying to cross the Tiau river with cages containing the animals.
“The illegal traffickers tried to cross over and evade the police check-gate by walking on foot and carrying the smuggled exotic species by head-load. However, alertness, sharp vigil and presence of mind of our police personnel on duty could not be outsmarted,” a police communique informed.
The seized exotic animal species along with the five illegal traffickers were handed over to Custom Preventive Force in Champhai through District Wildlife Crime Control Sub-Unit.
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