Aizawl: In the wake of recent seizures of smuggled exotic wildlife species, the Mizoram police is gearing up to curb the menace by activating district wildlife crime control sub units, police said on Friday.

On Thursday, a meeting of Lunglei district wildlife control sub unit was convened by Lunglei SP. The meeting was attended by district forest officer, commanding officer of 3 Assam Rifles, Honorary Wildlife Warden Lunglei and representatives from Environment Forest & Climatic Change Department and Custom Preventive Force in Lunglei.

The meeting extensively deliberated upon strengthening of cooperation among the members for prevention, detection and investigation of wildlife crimes.

The police said a dire need is felt to activate district wildlife crime control sub-units across the state headed by an SSP in the wake of recent seizures of smuggled exotic wildlife species.

Acting on specific inputs, the Mizoram police recovered 486 exotic wildlife species suspected to be smuggled from Myanmar at Khawkawn check gate in Champhai district bordering Myanmar on Wednesday. Five persons were arrested for trafficking the wildlife species.

The rescued species included 4 tortoises, 11 snakes, 442 lizards, 4 toed sloths, 2 beavers, 4 pattos and one wild cat.

The recovered exotic wildlife species along with five illegal traffickers were handed over to the Custom preventive force the same day.

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