Itanagar, Feb 8 (UNI): In a joint operation, a team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) sleuths and forest officials from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh seized a huge cache of body parts of a Royal Bengal tiger near the Banderdewa check gate along the Assam-Arunachal boundary, a senior Forest Department official said on Tuesday.
Three persons, including two from Arunachal Pradesh and one from Assam, were arrested on charges of smuggling the wild animal’s body parts on Monday.
They were booked under relevant sections of the Wildlife (Protection) Act and the Indian Penal Code, said Tana Tapi, the Deputy Chief Wildlife Warden, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
They have been identified as Mintu Doley of Telam village in neighbouring Assam’s Dhemaji district, and Tape Yomcha and Nyang Yomcha — both from Yomcha village in Arunachal’s West Siang district.
The trio was heading to Assam when they were caught at a petrol depot at Banderdawa along the inter-state boundary.