Acting on a tip-off the Vadodara police, on Friday, recovered rhino horns and ivory from a shop in the Kothi area of the city. Two persons have been arrested for illegal trade in the prohibited good. The duo, identified as Karan Shah and Jignesh, have been remanded to five days in police custody.
According to Raj Bhavsar of Gujarat Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, an alert was sent intimating of the banned items being openly sold. “We sent in an ensnare customer to the shop and when the news was confirmed, we got in touch with the local police,” shared Bhavsar.
The traders are being interrogated to examine the possibility of a wider smuggling racket operation in the state. Rhino horns are known to have aphrodisiac properties while ivory is coveted for being status symbol showpiece.