You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

DRI arrests two for smuggling gibbons, exotic birds from B'desh


Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested two men for allegedly smuggling gibbons and some exotic birds into the country from Bangladesh.

Acting on inputs, the DRI officials intercepted a car near the Indo-Bangla border at North 24 Parganas yesterday.

Three cages full of wild animals and 40 exotic birds were found inside the intercepted car, a statement issued by the agency said today.

On examination, one cage with two partitions was found to contain two hollock gibbons (endangered species under the Wild life Protection Act, 1972) on one side and two palm civets (another endangered species) on the other side, it said, adding that they were badly crammed up.

A second cage, containing 15 colorful rosella birds (exotic in nature) and a third cage containing 27 exotic birds like nandin conure, peach fronted conure, grass parakeets, maroon tailed Conure were recovered, the DRI said.

Conure birds are like parakeets -- they are found in Central and South America and also in Australia.

They are also called as clowns of the parrot world due to their constant attention-seeking behaviour. Rosella birds, which are very colorful, are found in Australia

The officials also found gibbons and civets (each in a pair) from the car, it said.

The DRI immediately contacted the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, West Bengal and also the officials of the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau, Kolkata.

Accordingly, a rescue team from the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau and a team from the Kolkata Zoo reached the DRI office to whom the wildlife (recovered from the car) was handed over.

Two persons have been arrested in this case, the statement said.

Last week, the DRI had seized 24 pieces of ivory weighing 5.838 kg from Guwahati. In March this year, the DRI made a seizure of 214 numbers of Indian star tortoise at Kolkata.

"There is an urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has environmental, social and economic impact and a concerted effort is need by all the law enforement agencies in combating the same," it said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, June 01 2018. 14:50 IST