Champhai/IBNS: Acting on a specific input, Champhai Police of Mizoram on Wednesday seized and recovered 468 numbers of various exotic wildlife species, being illegally smuggled by Gospel Chanchintha (28) of Hmunlai in Lawngtlai District and his four accomplices from Zokhawthar of Champhai District.
The illegal traffickers tried to cross over and evade the police check-gate by walking on foot and carrying the smuggled exotic species by head-load.
However, alertness, sharp vigil and presence of mind of police personnel on duty could not be outsmarted.
Rescued species include – 4 tortoises, 11 snakes, 442 lizards, 4 toed sloths, 2 beavers, 1 wild cat, and 4 patto.
The seized exotic animal species along with the five illegal traffickers were promptly handed over to Custom Preventive Force, Champhai through District Wildlife Crime Control Sub-Unit, Champhai (Chairperson- SP Champhai & Member Secretary –DFO).