Despite best attempts from the government, wildlife crime in Northeast is going on unabated. One of the main reasons behind that is sometimes, government officials are themselves involved in it. This was proved once again as the Assam police on Tuesday evening arrested four government employees of Arunachal Pradesh in Dafalagarh tea garden as leopard skin and bones were recovered from their possession. According to the forest officials, the accused arrested from the Dafalagarh tea garden in Biswanath district are posted in Arunachal Pradesh health department.
A forest official said that the accused had contacted a buyer and had planned to sell the skin of leopard and bones weighing five kilos for Rs 3 lakh. They were using two motorbikes which were also seized.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the accused officials might be involved in poaching and the skin and bones could be of a leopard killed inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. It is to mention that in November 2016, the forest officials had recovered a skin of a Royal Bengal tiger poisoned to death inside the Manas National Park in Assam following the arrest of a former National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) cadre.