Wildlife smuggling case: National-level shooter produced in court

first_imgPrashant Bishnoi, a national-level shooter, who is a key accused in multicrore gun-running and wildlife smuggling case, was presented before a Meerut court on Wednesday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). The court remanded Mr. Bishnoi in 14 days judicial custody. Forest department officials said they would seek his custody for interrogation.The DRI arrested Mr. Bishnoi on June 3, more than a month after busting the alleged racket of poaching, illegal wildlife hunting and arms smuggling, by seizing 140 weapons, 50,000 cartridges and animal skin of leopard and blackbuck from his residence in Meerut. He was arrested and sent to Tihar jail. The DRI had registered cases against him under Sections 132 (false declaration, false documents) and 135 (evasion of duty or prohibitions) of the Customs Act, 1962. The Forest department officials are also planning to apply for his remand in separate cases of possessing meat, bones and skulls of animals under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Besides, the arms and animal skin, the DRI officials had recovered antlers, bones and ivory tusk, 15 stuffed deer, sambhar, blackbuck and ₹1 crore from Mr. Bishnoi’s house.last_img