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Gujarat: Two Held With Rhino Horns, Ivory Items In Vadodara

According to a forest department official, two people were arrested in Vadodara in Gujarat with rhino horns and ivory items.

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Two persons were arrested allegedly with a couple of rhino horns and a box of ivory items in Vadodara in Gujarat, a forest department official said on Saturday.
        
Acting on a tip-off, a raid was carried out at a gift shop in Raopura with the help of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, and the NGO Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Range Forest Officer Sumit Rajput said.
        
"We found two rhino horns and carvings made from ivory. Two persons were arrested under provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act and have been remanded in police custody till January 4," he said.
        
The accused have said they bought the rhino horns for Rs 95,000 and a probe to find out the origin of the items and other aspects of the racket are underway, Rajput added.

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