Exquisitely Carved Ivory Trophy Seized (Madikeri)
Star of Mysore
May 8, 2022
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An exquisitely carved ivory trophy with a face of a woman wearing beads and
a headgear has been seized in Madikeri last evening and two persons have
been arrested. They were trying to sell the ivory on the Mysuru-Madikeri
Acting on a tip-off, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Forest
Cell raided a location on the Highway near a burial ground at Chain Gate
Madikeri and made the arrest. The arrested have been identified as Rafiq
Ahmed Khan and Fazil Khan.
The accused was looking for prospective buyers for the trophy and were
moving in a suspicious manner with a bag containing the carved piece. The
exact weight, length and the value of the piece in the international market
have not been revealed yet and the accused are being interrogated about the
source of the elephant tusk and the craftsmen who carved the ivory.
The CID sleuths did not rule out a flourishing racket of ivory trade and
said that a detailed investigation will be carried out. Normally plain
tusks are traded and they get caught. “But here, a carved ivory has been
seized and we have to gather information from the accused regarding the
supply chain and how it reached Madikeri,” a source told Star of Mysore.
The ivory will be sent for tests to ascertain its origin. According to
Forest Department officials, the transaction of elephant tusks has been
banned internationally as per CITES treaty.
CITES stands for Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
wild fauna and flora. In total, 175 countries of the world are its members
that bans trade of endangered species such as tigers, lions and their body
parts. India became member of the treaty in the year 1976.
A licence is required for possession of animal trophies including tusks.
Not many people are aware of the existing laws and if someone is found with
trophies without a valid licence of possession, they can be punished under
Wildlife Prevention Act and also IPC. Tusks are one such item, an officer
Madikeri CID Forest Cell Sub-Inspector C.U. Savi led the raid team while
staff Shekar, Rajesh, Raghavendra, Yogesh, Mohan, Swamy and Manjunath took