Madhya Pradesh/ STF nabs quack with live pangolin, animal’s scales in Panna

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Jabalpur: Special Task Force (STF), Jabalpur, nabbed a quack and seized a live pangolin and scales of pangolin amounting to Rs 15 lakh from him in Panna. The accused has been identified as Tapan Roy (48), a resident of Panna, and practicing as quack. The District Forest Officer (DFO) said pangolin is used to increase sex power by quacks

Under the direction of Special Director General, Special Task Force, Madhya Pradesh, and State Cyber Police, STF Jabalpur started a special campaign against inter-state gangs of poachers under the supervision of Additional Director General of Police, Ashok Awasthi, STF, and Superintendent of Police, STF, Rajesh Bhadoria.

During the campaign, STF Jabalpur received information about a man involved in illegal trade of organs of wild animals in the international market in Panna district. Taking prompt action, a team of STF Jabalpur reached Panna district and started an investigation into the case. 

STF Jabalpur handed over the accused to Forest Department: Investigating the case, STF personnel trapped the suspected man when he was standing with a motorcycle at Diamond Square, Jagat Chowki. In his search, police seized 12 scales of endangered species Pangolin in a bag amounting to Rs 15 lakhs in the international market. STF Jabalpur handed over the accused to Forest Department where a case under Section 126 of Wildlife Protect Act was registered and Forest Department started an investigation to identify and apprehend other persons working in the network of poachers and traders. 

Accused runs dispensary in Panna: Dr. Tapan Rai operates his dispensary near Janpad Tiraha in the district of Panna. According to sources, this case is directly related to the hunting and trafficking of pangolins. There could be arrest of many other people in this. It is also reported that smugglers had approached some people in Mumbai and Sagar of Madhya Pradesh to get a hefty amount by bargaining for organ components of pangolin. In this regard, the inquiry continued till late at night with Doctor Tapan.

Pangolin in the crosshairs of poachers in MP: Wildlife sleuths in Madhya Pradesh have noticed that the chatter in the poaching world revolves around an innocuous animal whose conservation numbers no one really saw earlier as a cause for concern. But the male obsession with aphrodisiacs and applications in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine have ensured that the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), a largely nocturnal mammal that measures 3-5 feet and weighs 8-12 kg, lies firmly in the crosshairs of poachers in the central Indian state.