Police officials recovered a 1.4 kg ivory piece worth Rs 2.5 crore from Thane’s Kalwa on Tuesday afternoon. Two men were also arrested by the police on smuggling charges.
- Police officials seized an ivory piece worth Rs 2.5 crore in Thane
- Two people have been arrested on smuggling charges
- Officials have launched an operation to nab the person who supplied them the ivory piece
“Based on a tip-off that some people were coming to Shivaji Chowk at Kalwa to sell an elephant tusk, a police team laid a trap and nabbed the duo, who were found carrying a bag. After a search, a 34.50 cm-long and 8 cm-wide carved ivory piece was recovered from it,” said an official.
“An image of a woman along with some design was carved on the tusk. There was something written below it in some foreign language along with an English letter and numerics written on it in red colour,” he said, adding that the carved ivory piece is worth Rs 2.50 crore.
The accused, identified as Amit Warlikar (42), a fitness instructor, and Sagar Patil (40), were arrested. A case was registered against them under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 at the Kalwa police station.
While being questioned, the accused said they had procured the tusk from a person identified as Tara. Officials said that an operation had been launched to nab him.