Animal parts including musk deer pods seized in Guwahati, 3 arrested
Nearly 50kg of sea fans and a host of other wildlife parts, including porcupine quills and musk deer pods, were seized by authorities in Guwahati on Wednesday.
The animal parts were confiscated during three different raids at separate locations in a joint operation by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and the Assam forest department. Three people involved in the crime were arrested.
In addition to sea fans, the raids seized 1.5 kg of porcupine quills, 14 musk deer pods, parts of monitor lizards, etc.
“The illegal trade in such precious resources has always been under the scanner of this government and we are committed to eliminating such evil acts by Assam,” Forestry Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted on Thursday.
Sea fans are a type of soft coral found in warm waters around reefs. Sea fans are colonial animals that have a branched structure covered by soft tissue.
According to forestry officials, this is the first time that marine animal parts have been seized in the state in such large quantities.