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2 arrested in Maha's Thane with pangolin worth Rs 40 lakh

Press Trust of India  |  Thane 

Two persons were Tuesday arrested and a worth around Rs 40 lakh in the illicit wildlife market was recovered from them in Maharashtra's district, police said.

of Police (Crime) said the two, identified as Virar-resident Sagar Pawar (33) and (54) of Raigad, were picked up on a tip off from

A case under the Wildlife Protection Act has been registered, he added.

scales are used in traditional Asian medicine, particularly in and

The animal's scales are made of keratin, the same material that makes human fingernails and hair, and they have no proven medicinal value, and are also used as jewellery and decorations for rituals.

meat is also considered a delicacy in some countries.

Two species of pangolins, 'Manis crassicaudata' and 'Manis pentadacytla', found in have been accorded highest protection with both being listed on Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:25 IST