A 28-year-old man was arrested today after he was found in possession of two tusks, which he had allegedly removed from a dead elephant a week ago near Gudalur, some 80 km from here, officials said.
Forest department officials noticed that the tusks of the 10-year-old elephant, which was found dead in Devala, were missing and launched a search to nab the poachers.
On information that one Manikandan was reportedly trying to sell the tusks, officials nabbed him this morning, officials said.
The officials recovered the tusks, which was buried in a farm and produced Manikandan before a local court, which remanded him to custody.
A search is on for the owner of the farm, they said.
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