Bengaluru: CID forest cell along with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Chennai, on Tuesday arrested five persons, including an Andhra Pradesh Fire Force Department official, in connection with illegal wildlife trade.
Purushotham, Inspector, CID Forest Cell, said they received an alert from WCCB, Chennai, about possible deer skin and antler trade at Karnataka- Andhra Pradesh border. Based on the information, officers intercepted the calls and posed as customers interested in striking a deal.
According to CID officials, the accused had been making the officers come to different locations for the past ten days. On Tuesday, CID officials, who followed the accused, were asked to come near Madanpalli Road in Srinivaspura Taluk.
"A bike approached us. The bike had Andhra Pradesh police sticker. We thought it was police, but the person got down and showed us a gunny bag which had two deer skins. He had come along with two more accused. Our team immediately arrested them," said Purushottam.
The CID official said during interrogation they came to know that a man identified as Chinni Babu, who was with police department earlier and now with fire department, was facilitating the trade.
Along with Chinni Babu, the CID arrested Balu and Manjunath. The police seized two motor bikes and three mobile phones from the accused. Before they could be produced in court, CID officials received information about another case at Mulbagal Road following which officials laid a trap and arrested Amir Jaan and Zakir Hussein and recovered a pelt and a deer head along with horns from the accused.
The police registered multiple cases at the Srinivaspur Police Station and the accused were remanded in judicial custody.