A consignment of exotic animals which includes sugar glider, a meerkat and three marmosets, while the reptiles included an African spurred tortoise, 13 corn snakes, two albino reticulated pythons, four Gabon vipers and a central bearded dragon and eight giant scorpions were seized by Jorabat Police. The accused are now in custody.
The exotic animals were brought from Aizawl to Guwahati via NH-37 in a Tata Sumo. The consignment was going to Delhi. The seized animals were valued around Rs 5 crore in the international market.
A team of officials from the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary took the animals in their possession and later handed them to the Assam State Zoo.
Narayan Sharma of Cotton University and Jayaditya Purkayastha of Help Earth identified the animals.
Pradipta Baruah, Divisional Forest Officer, Guwahati Wildlife Division, termed it a big success in terms of rescue of animals. Baruah said some of the animals which Kumar was transporting died during the journey.