| 15 Leopard Skins Seized
12th June, 2004
Acting on information
provided by WPSI, the authorities seized 15 fresh leopard
skins from village Barota in Sonipat District of Haryana
on Friday 11 June 2004. The
raiding party that included WPSI officials found the
skins hidden in a tin trunk, which was buried in a five-feet-deep
pit, near the residence of the key accused Dulichand.
Nine large steel traps were also recovered from a nearby
pit. The accused was arrested on the spot along with
Lakhmi Chand, who is also a suspected wildlife trader.
The Wildlife Regional Office of Northern Region, the
local Forest Department and Haryana Police jointly carried
out the raid.
One brand new cellular
phone, a diary, and Rs. 3,500/- in cash were recovered
from the men arrested. The case was handed over the
State Forest Department and the accused were produced
in the court on Saturday morning. While
interrogation, Dulichand confessed that the animals
were killed in Uttranchal and the skins were to be taken
to Sansar Chand in Delhi. He also admitted that this
was his second consignment to Sansar Chand in the past
This seizure has once again demonstrated the scale
of wildlife trade in India and more importantly the
involvement of Sansar Chand, who was only last month
granted bail after being sentenced to 5 years of rigorous
WPSI has been carrying out detailed investigation into
the nexus between poachers in Katni District of Madhya
Pradesh their counterparts in and around Panipat District
of Haryana and traders in Delhi.