Tinsukia, Jan 12: Tinsukia police arrested three persons involved in poaching of wild animals from Pengeri area of Tinsukia district in the Assam-Arunachal border on Wednesday evening.
The arrested poachers were identified as Anil Koya, Jugnu Orang and Turku Munda.
According to police, several animal parts as well as firearms used for poaching activities were also seized during the operation.
The operation was conducted by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (probationary) of Tinsukia and Officer-in-charge of Pengeri police station.
During the operation, the police recovered four handmade rifles, wild animal skin, and three antler heads.
Sources said a gang of wildlife poachers is active in Lakhipathar Reserve Forest.
“Smuggling of valuable trees from forest, poaching of animals has been a common affair in upper Assam’s Forest. Most of the times, the wildlife smugglers enter in the forest to cut down trees. A strong mechanism will be needed to curb such wild life crimes,” said a source.