Two men ar­rested in Thane with bark­ing deer pelts

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Kalyan unit of the Thane crime branch, in a com­bined op­er­a­tion with Thane Range for­est of­fi­cials, on Fri­day ar­rested two peo­ple for smug­gling pelts of bark­ing deer.

The of­fi­cers have seized two deer pelts worth Rs50,000 from the two ac­cused, and have reg­is­tered a case against them with Dom­bivli po­lice sta­tion.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the ac­cused told po­lice that they were go­ing to sell the bark­ing deer pelts in Dom­bivli.

The item is used for black magic, and peo­ple also sit on it dur­ing puja.

Se­nior po­lice i nspec­tor Shailen­dra Na­garkar, Thane crime branch, Kalyan unit, re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about two peo­ple loi­ter­ing around Dom­bivli sta­tion with t he bark­ing deer pelts.

“I shared the in­for­ma­tion with the range for­est of­fi­cer, and we l aid a trap near Dom­bivli east,” said Na­garkar.

The ar­rested ac­cused are Nitin Tul­siram Ramteke, 40, and Jee­van Tayade, 30, both from Ya­vat­mal dis­trict. “We seized the bag, which con­tained two bark­ing deer pelts,” said Na­garkar.

He said t hat au­thor­i­ties are trac­ing their net­work of buy­ers and sup­pli­ers. “They claimed that they had re­ceived an or­der from a buyer, and had come to com­plete the sale. We are trac­ing their links, that is, where they brought the skin, and will soon bust the racket be­hind it,” said Na­garkar.

A case has been reg­is­tered with Dom­bivli po­lice sta­tion un­der sec­tions of the Wild Life ( Pro­tec­tion) Act, 1972.

“Both the ac­cused men were pro­duced in Kalyan court on Satur­day and re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till Mon­day. We have also seized t heir mo­bile phone, and are check­ing their links in the case,” said Chi­wad Shetty, as­sis­tant po­lice in­spec­tor, Kalyan crime branch, who along the for­est of­fi­cers, ar­rested the duo.

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

The seized deer pelts are worth Rs50,000.

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