Saturday, 13 August 2011

Man held with animal parts worth crores

NEW DELHI: A south Delhi resident, the son of a former ambassador to Africa, was arrested on Friday for possessing various prohibited wildlife objects. The total value of the seized items that include ivory and a tiger head runs into several crores.

Police sources said they had received specific information about Dev Khurana (62), the accused, from NGO People For Animals. On Friday afternoon when they reached Khurana`s Sarvapriya Vihar home, they recovered four elephant tusks, each weighing about 20kg, several ivory trinkets, a tiger head trophy, a zebra hide, air guns and clubs. 
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"Khurana claims to have collected the items while he was in Africa with his father. He doesn`t seem to be into smuggling and might have only been collecting these as a hobby," said a source.

"He also said that he is into exports and came to India to stay with his aged mother. Some of the items might have also been gifted to him, but none of the goods had been declared as per law," the source added.

PFA members,, Dr BL Pradhan, Pooja Mahajan and Rohit Kumar who went on the raid, said they also confiscated a laptop from his home that revealed pictures in which Khurana was shown hunting. "Khurana will be produced in court on Saturday. He can be sentenced to imprisonment for 3-7 years," said the source. 

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