Mizoram police have rescued 468 exotic animals suspected of being smuggled from Myanmar in Champhai district, an officer said.
Acting on specific entries, police rescued animals at Khawkawn checkpoint in Champhai district bordering Myanmar and arrested five people for wildlife smuggling.
Rescued animals included four turtles, 11 snakes, 442 lizards, four fingered sloths, two beavers, four potoos and a wildcat, the officer said Thursday.
The rescued animals and the five people arrested were handed over to the customs preventive force.
Meanwhile, Mizoram Police have told all SPs to activate the district’s wildlife crime control sub-units to tackle wildlife smuggling, another officer said on Friday.
A meeting of the Lunglei district wildlife control sub-unit was held on Thursday. The meeting convened by the SP brought together the District Forestry Officer, Commander of 3 Assam Rifles, Honorary Wildlife Warden Lunglei and representatives from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change and the Preventive Force Lunglei Customs.
The meeting discussed at length the strengthening of cooperation among members for the prevention, detection and investigation of wildlife crime.
Police say there is an urgent need to activate statewide wildlife crime enforcement sub-units, led by SPs, following recent seizures of smuggled exotic wildlife .