Gang smuggling sambar horns nabbed in Belagavi

BELAGAVI: A special investigation team of the has nabbed five people allegedly involved in of weighing 11.25kg at Belagundi village in Belagavi taluk.
The accused include three people who killed the endangered species and collected their horns with an intention to sell them in the international market. Nagesh Madar, 23, Ramachandra Dalavi, 26, residents of Manaturga village in Khanapur taluk, and Ravindra Kolkar, 27, of Hadalaga, polished the horns till they turned white to cheat buyers, saying that they are elephant tusks. Prospective buyers Parashram Nilajkar, 23, and , 20, of Chapgaon were also arrested, said police commissioner .

Rajappa formed a team comprising CCB inspector Chandrakant LT to conduct the raid on Tuesday under the guidance of , DCP (law and order) and Mahaning Nandgavi, DCP (crime and traffic).

A motorcycle worth Rs 25,000 was also recovered during the raid.

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