Madhya Pradesh temple priest arrested for online trading of animal parts

A temple priest in Khargaone was arrested by a team of officials led by Delhi-based Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in connection with online trading of wild animal parts and preparing medicines from them

PTI June 17, 2017 15:15:24 IST
Madhya Pradesh temple priest arrested for online trading of animal parts

Khargone: A temple priest in Khargaone, Madhya Pradesh, was arrested by a team of officials led by Delhi-based Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) in connection with online trading of wild animal parts and preparing medicines from them.

Madhya Pradesh temple priest arrested for online trading of animal parts

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The priest identified as Lokesh Jagirdar used to prepare drugs (traditional medicine) and talismans from animal parts by employing black magic methods and sold them globally through online modes, promising customers an increase in their vitality, a forest official said Saturday.

Jagirdar was arrested Friday and was produced in a local court which sent him to two days remand, assistant prosecution officer, Amrendra Kumar Tiwari said.

As per the preliminary probe, Jagirdar used to sell his products online in the US, Malaysia, Germany and Australia among others, Deputy Divisional forest officer, AK Solanki said.

The priest was arrested in a joint operation by WCCB, STF and forest officials, he said.

The team also seized a sizeable number of wildlife parts from his possession.

He was arrested under relevant sections of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, the official added.

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