MP STF stops smugglers of exotic species from UP |  Bhopal news
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MP STF stops smugglers of exotic species from UP | Bhopal news

BHOPAL: In a major operation, the Madhya Pradesh State Tiger Force along with the Indore regional unit have captured several exotic and rare species of wild animals, including iguanas and emperor scorpions, after the arrest of two persons from Delhi and Bulandasheher.

Officials said the operation led to the arrest of alleged kingpin Kartik, a resident of Delhi, and confiscation of various species protected under the Wildlife Protection Act and CITES regulations.

On June 8, 2024, Kartik was arrested and produced before the Special Court in Indore, where he was remanded to forest and police custody.

Acting on information provided by Kartik, authorities carried out a follow-up operation on June 9 in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh.

This raid led to the seizure of a large number of rare and prohibited species of wild animals. The confiscated animals included iguanas, sun conures, agapornis birds, Kenyan sand boas, savannah lizards, emperor scorpions, tarantula spiders, yellow monitors, black kites and water monitors. Another suspect was arrested and samples of over 40 animal species were seized from the gang.

It was found that the arrested persons had created fake accounts on Parivesh 1.0 and Parivesh 2.0 portals, facilitating illegal trade of rare alien animal species in various states of India without proper documentation.

The operation and subsequent arrests were carried out under Sections 49M and 49Q of the Wildlife Protection Act.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has implemented the Live Animal Species (Reporting and Registration) Rules, 2024, under which transfers of ownership, births and deaths of live animal species listed in Schedule IV Schedule I, II and III have to be registered through the Parivesh portal 2.0.

The registration deadline is August 31, 2024. After this date, people who do not have a registration certificate may face legal consequences.

Pet shop owners are also advised not to sell unregistered CITES-listed species and that all sales be documented in the Parivesh 2.0 system. Violation of these rules will result in legal action.

This announcement comes from the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. The public is advised to avoid purchasing any CITES listed live animals that are not registered on the Parivesh 2.0 portal as stringent action will be taken against violators to protect wildlife and prevent illegal trade.