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Pangolin Rescued, Poacher Arrested In Bengal

pangolin rescued poacher arrested in bengal

Jalpaiguri (WB), Jun 24 (PTI) A pangolin was rescued

from a village adjoining Baikunthapur forest in Jalpaiguri

district of West Bengal and a poacher was arrested in this

connection, forest officials said on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, the Special Task Force of the

North Bengal Forest Division raided Mantadari village on

Tuesday and rescued the pangolin, which is a critically-

endangered animal, from the possession of poacher Fajnu

Mohammad, Baikunthapur Forest Ranger Sanjay Dutta said.

The arrested person has revealed that the pangolin was

meant to be smuggled to Siliguri, he said, adding that

Mohammad was involved in other poaching cases in the past.

From Siliguri, the pangolin could have been trafficked

abroad, forest officials said.

The rescued pangolin was released in the Bengal Safari

Park near Siliguri.

Pangolins from the region are often trafficked to

China, where its meat is consumed and scales used for

medicinal purposes, they said. PTI COR


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