BOKO: Based on a specific intelligence input developed by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Guwahati, a joint operation has been conducted by WCCB Guwahati and Assam Forest Department at a hotel in Boko. As a result, 2.8 kg Pangolin scales were seized from the possession of Hitesh Khaklary, a resident of Boko and Bijulina Khar Lyngdung, a resident of West Kashi Hills.
The Chinese Pangolin is enlisted in Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and for any offence related with Pangolin may be punishable from 7 to 10 years imprisonment in Assam. Now-a-days, smuggling of pangolin scales are continuously increasing in Assam as well as all over India. However it is the most smuggled mammal all over India. During 2022, The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau Guwahati conducted four operations in connection with pangolin scale smuggling. Today's operation was led by Jawaharlal Baro, Assistant Director, WCCB, along with the DFO West Kamrup Division of Assam Forest Department, stated a press release.
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