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Bhopal: Notice to Snapdeal, Indiamart for online trading of animal body parts


Bhopal: Tiger Strike Force has served notice to Snapdeal, Indiamart, Wish and Buy and Craft Composition for online trading of wild animal parts. The companies have been instructed to remove details which they had displayed about body parts of wild animals.

Tiger Strike Force had seized ‘Hatha-Jodi’ and ‘Singar Singhi’ prepared by body parts of wild animals in June, 2017 from Shubh-Bhakti company premises in Indore. Demand for such products is more due to superstition. Proprietors Sumit Sharma, Sachin Sharma, Firoz Ali were arrested. They said they ran business of puja material. ‘Hatha-Jodi’, they said, was believed to ensure success in court cases and make people prosper. Similarly, such products fulfilled other wishes.

All the accused have been arrested under Wild Life Protection Act. However, accused pleaded that raw material was plant roots and not body parts of wild animals. But on investigation, it was found that raw material for the said products were animal parts. Even forensic examination confirmed it.

Online sell of animal parts is on rise due to superstition. Wild Life Crime Control Bureau has taken action in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha regarding this.

Forest minister Gauri Shankar Shejwar appealed to people to abstain from such superstitions. “Trading wild animal parts is a crime,” the minister added.