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Three men in Tamil Nadu try to sell elephant tusks for 80 lakh,


Three men in Tamil Nadu try to sell elephant tusks for 80 lakh,

The Times of India, Chennai, 21st March, 2022


TIRUPUR: Forest department officials have arrested three people for attempting to sell a pair of elephant tusks for 80 lakh.


Tirupur forest range officer S Senthilkumar said they had recently received a tip that some people were trying to sell elephant tusks in the city.


He said the three - 63-year-old V Veerappan, 45-year-old P Murugan, both residents of Velliankadu, and 37-year-old M Avinashiyappan from Avinashi - were arrested on Saturday evening when they were conducting a vehicle check in the city.

“They were travelling on two bikes with as many travel bags. We stopped them and found they were carrying four pieces of elephant tusks in their bags. We seized the tusks and bikes, and took the trio to the Tirupur range office for further inquiry,” the officer said.


Preliminary inquiry revealed that Veerappan worked as a truck cleaner and often travelled to Cumbum in Theni district, where he developed a few acquaintances. “He had incurred huge financial losses while running a textile shop a few years ago and borrowed a few lakhs of rupees from various people. He was not able to return the amount. Hence, Veerappan offered his acquaintances in Theni to sell ivories for a 10% commission,” the officer said.

Subsequently, a person from Theni handed over two elephant tusks, which were cut into four pieces, to Veerappan, who approached his friends Murugan and Avinashiyappan to find a buyer.

“The three were planning to sell the tusks for 80 lakh. Meanwhile, we nabbed them on Saturday evening and arrested them under the Wildlife Protection Act. They were remanded in judicial custody,” Senthilkumar said.