The detained persons (faces covered) along with the Chinese pangolins seized by the WCCB, forest teams on Saturday.

Guwahati: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) Guwahati and the Chariduwar forest range of Sonitpur West Division conducted a joint operation at Potasali on the Balipara-Bhalukpong Road in Sonitpur district of central Assam on Saturday and rescued two Chinese pangolins weighing 9.5 kg and 2.9 kg.

Two persons, identified as Karlin Mangfi, from Mangfi village under the Chayang police station in Arunachal Pradesh, and Gyan Bahadur Chetry from Gormora village under Chariduar police station in Sonitpur district, have been detained in connection with the rescue of the pangolins close to the Arunachal Pradesh border.

“The duo had brought the pangolins from the Sepa area of Arunachal Pradesh. They often hunt pangolins for their meat. A case (bearing number CH-01 of 2022-23, dated April 9, 2022, has been registered under Sections 9, 39, 44, 48A, 49B, 50, 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,” an official from WCCB informed.

The operation led by Hiten Borah of WCCB was based on intelligence inputs.

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 (IUCN).

WCCB, Guwahati has over the past few months intensified operations against alleged wildlife smugglers across the region, particularly in the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border areas.

A couple of weeks back, teams from the WCCB and Nameri range office of the Assam forest department had seized several leopard parts during an operation conducted on the Chariduar-Bhalukpong Road in Sonitpur district.

In February, several wildlife parts, including the 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.

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