Trafficking Animals In Auction
The Air Intelligence Unit of Customs department foiled bids to smuggle primates, reptiles and rodents at the Chennai airport On Tuesday. Three persons have been arrested. Based on a tip-off that animals were being smuggled from Bangkok, the Officials zeroed in on Suresh (35) of Chennai, who had arrived by Thai Airways flight TG337. A close watch was kept on his Movements and after he collected his checked-in stroller bag, he was intercepted. On questioning, he was evasive. On Examination of his stroller bag, four plastic baskets and one cardboard box was found concealed among chocolates and other Personal stuff.
On opening the baskets and the box, monkeys, rodents, and reptiles were found. On questioning, he informed that the bag was given to him by someone outside Bangkok airport with instructions to hand over the same to some unknown person here. He was taken outside the airport and the receiver, who approached him to collect the bag, was apprehended. On information Given by receiver, search was conducted at residence of the organiser in Chennai. He was detained for investigation.