Snake venom worth Rupees 13 crore rescued in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.
The snake venom was rescued in Jalpaiguri on the way to China. The market value of the seized poison is estimated at Tk 13 crore.
The name of the arrested young man is Salin Akhtar Mandu (32). The house is in the Hili border area in southern Dinajpur.
Initial investigations revealed that the poison had entered India from Bangladesh.
Forest workers from the Garumara Wildlife Department arrested the young man and Bamal while exchanging hands in Jalpaiguri.
The arrested young man was presented in the Jalpaiguri court on Friday and detained by the forest department.
The court granted seven-day pre-trial detention, said Sindhu Kumar Roy, a deputy prosecutor at the Jalpaiguri court.
Baikanthapur’s Belakoba Range Forestry Division has recovered a large quantity of snake venom by conducting operation after operation in Jalpaiguri since 2015.
The Forest Department has arrested several traffickers, from elementary school teachers to people involved in international trafficking.
Although the poison smuggling incident did not come to light in the next few years, raids by the wildlife department show that traffickers do not sit idly by.
This morning, the Garumara Wildlife Department received the news that the cobra snake venom will be exchanged at turn 63 adjacent to the town of Jalpaiguri.
As soon as the information was received, the special task force of the forestry department started the operation.
According to news sources, a young man was arrested along with Bimal. According to the forest department, those who came to take the poison pot changed hands and fled over the flames of the operation.
However, the forest department has identified a BMW used in the smuggling. Two dealers escaped in this car. A search has been started to find them.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the toxin entered India from Bangladesh through the Healy border. The name of the French Company of the Red Dragon is written on the poison pot.
A Forest Department official said the snake venom vials recovered earlier had Red Dragon Company labels.
After passing them from France to Bangladesh, Smugglers use olives as passageways for smuggling to countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and China.
In addition to three vials of poison, a catalog with images of cobra snakes was recovered from the arrested youth.
The forest department presented the arrested young man in the Jalpaiguri court on Friday and requested preventive detention of 14 days for the sake of the investigation.
Deputy Prosecutor Sindhu Kumar Roy said the judge had granted seven-day pre-trial detention.
Forestry Minister Jyotipriya Mallick said the market value of the seized poison is estimated at Rs. 13 million. The poison was being smuggled into China.
The international cycle is involved with this cycle of trafficking. The Minister of Forests said that an operation would be launched to catch the rest of the gang interrogating the arrested trafficker.
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