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Joining hands to fight smuggling of animals

Jaideep Shenoy

Police and Customs department officials will work in tandem


Police official says
  • It is imperative for Customs officials to know about endangered and exotic species of animals
  • They will have to be familiarised with provisions of Wildlife Protection Act

    MANGALORE: Officials of the Police and Customs departments have decided to work in tandem towards prevention of smuggling exotic and endangered species of animals.

    As a precursor to this move, the CID and Forest Cell of the Police Department will familiarise Customs officials with provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act.

    Inspector-General of Police (CID and Forest Cell) K.S.N. Chikeroor The Hindu here on Wednesday that he had apprised the Commissioner of Customs Jasdeep V. Singh of the matter.

    "Although there have been no attempts to smuggle out such animals, it is imperative that Customs officials are sensitised to the issue,'' he said.

    Referring to the rise in the incidence of smuggling of animals, Mr. Chikeroor said it was imperative for Customs officials to know about endangered and exotic species .

    "More often, these animals do not come under the scrutiny of Customs officials owing to their lack of knowledge about the Act. This is where the issue of sensitisation comes in," he said.

    The Police department was concerned about trade in such animals and wanted the cooperation of all allied departments in preventing it, Mr. Chikeroor said. He said he would conduct training classes for Customs officials during his next visit here.

    "Customs officials will be better off with the knowledge of the provisions of the Act and will be able to be more decisive,'' he said.

    Ms. Singh said that her department was fully committed to enforcing the Act. "Interaction with Police department officials is certainly useful in that it will enhance the knowledge skills of the personnel of my department. When they are sensitised to dangers of smuggling such animals, they will always be on the alert,'' she said.

    Knowledge about provisions of State and central legislations pertaining to forests, including Karnataka State Forest Act, would also help the Customs personnel, she said.

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