2 held with “leopard skin” in Ramban

The sleuths of police’s Special Branch here on Friday arrested two persons after allegedly recovering leopard skin from their possession.

The sleuths of police's Special Branch here on Friday arrested two persons after allegedly recovering leopard skin from their possession.  

According to official sources, the Special Branch got a tip-off about 'smuggling of an animal skin from Gool area to some European country where demand for leopard skin rungs is high'.

Acting on the tip-off, a special police team from Ramban led by SI Ankuj Kumar laid a trap and stopped the vehicle for checking. "During checking, police apprehended two smugglers who were in possession of the skin, probably of leopard, over 8 feet in length, which is worth Rs six lakh (approx.) in the international market," the sources said.

The accused were identified by police as residents of Gool 'who had come to Ramban town to allegedly sell the animal skin'.

"The two persons were arrested before they could strike a deal. FIR vide No 157/2016 u/s 8/49-A/51/ under Wild Life Protection Act, after consultation with authorities of Wild Life Sanctuary, has been lodged at PS Ramban," a police official said.

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