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Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovers smuggled Exotic Birds

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovers smuggled Exotic Birds

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Jun 2018, 04:28 pm

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IBNS): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence sleuths have intercepted and recovered a flock of exotic foreign birds, which were being smuggled into India from Bangladesh through the Indo-Bangladesh border in North 24 Parganas district.

Acting on specific input that live exotic birds of foreign origin smuggled into India are being transported in a vehicle, the DRI sleuths intercepted the car near Muragacha More on Kalyani Expressway with three occupants including the driver.

The vehicle was  heading towards Kolkata via Chakdaha/Kalyani Expressway,

Three Red and Blue Macaws, three Eclectus parrots, eight Pygmy Falcons, and seven white ducks were found badly crammed up in plastic bags and kept inside the car and also in the dicky of the vehicle. 

DRI immediately contacted the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, West Bengal and also the Director of Alipore Zoo, Kolkata. Accordingly, the items were taken by DRI to Kolkata Zoo to whom the birds were handed over. 

Illegal import of wildlife which is in violation of the Wild Life Protection Act automatically becomes a violation of the Customs Act by virtue of Section 111(d) of the Customs Act.

All the birds have consequently been seized under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 read with the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.

Further investigation is in progress.

DRI has been regularly making seizures of Wild Life articles such as Red Sanders wood which is highly valued in the markets of China and East Asia, Star Tortoises and other species of turtles, Deer antlers, Tiger and leopard skins and also ivory from elephant tusks. 

In March this year, DRI seized 214 numbers of Indian star tortoise at Kolkata.

Less than a month back, two Hollock Gibbons (Endangered species under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972) and two Palm Civets (Endangered species under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972) along with a variety of exotic birds which had all been smuggled through Bangladesh were recovered and seized by DRI.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovers smuggled Exotic Birds

India Blooms News Service
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