Police arrested two persons with six antlers from Vijay Nagar area on Saturday evening. The accused were going to deliver the horns to someone when they were caught by the police. According to additional superintendent of police Shailendra Singh Chouhan, a tip-off was received that two persons on a bike were travelling towards Malviya Nagar to deliver horns worth lakhs of rupees to someone. A team was sent to Ring Road to nab the men.
The suspected spotted on a bike by the team and they stopped the motorcycle. They were carrying four horns of deer and two of sambar rapped in a red cloth. After seizing the horns, the duo were taken to Vijaynagar police station.
Accused identified as 32-year-old Ashish Francis, a resident of Khandwa, and Kailash alias Golu of Mundi in Khandwa district. They were staying in a rented house in Azad Nagar area in the city, the police said. Ashish told the police that his father-in-law had given him the horns eight years ago. He came to know that the horns are precious and worth lakhs of rupees, so they were going to sell them to someone. Police are trying to identify the person to whom they were going to deliver the same.
According to forest department and sources, there is a great demand for antlers in the international market. The horns recovered from the accused are worth around Rs 8 to 10 lakh. Accused were under the same impression and so they were going to sell them. The horns are also used to make various kinds of medicines. A case is filed against the two under Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Senior officials have announced a reward for the police team for nabbing the accused.