BSF seizes couple of lizards of endangered species from Malda, one held

MALDA
12 Jan 2018

BSF (Border security force) personnel of 24th battalion apprehended one youth and confiscated from him two living lizards of endangered species from near PTS (Pubarun Township) turning of NTPC on Thursday evening. The price of those two lizards of endangered species would exceed a crore in clandestine market as learnt from the experts. The youth identified as Nasiruddin Sheikh of Master Para area under Baishnabnagar police station along with the couple of living lizards was handed over to divisional forest office by the BSF officials today.
According to the press release issued by RPS Jaswal, DIG and public relation officer of South Bengal frontier of BSF special surveillance was underway for last few days at Indo-Bangla border areas following directions from PSR Anjaneyulu, IG.
Acting on a tip off that animals of endangered species may be smuggled to Bangladesh, BSF laid traps at two points in Baishnabnagar yesterday.
“Around 18:00 hours an ambush party which was positioned at PTS More, observed two suspected persons coming by motorcycle from Kutcha road towards PTS More. Immediately, Ambush party challenged them to stop but they tried to run away from the spot. However, party managed to detain one of them. The detained person was searched thoroughly on the spot and two endangered species of lizards 'Tokay Gecko' which were kept in a black bag were recovered,” the press release informed.
According to experts, such lizards are ‘highly endangered animals’ according to III schedule of wildlife Protection Act, 1972. It is believed that body parts of these animals are used for producing medicines for incurable deceases in some Asian countries. Those have high demand in those countries and hence have a hefty price in clandestine market. “The price may exceed even a crore,” an expert said. He anticipated that those lizards were on way to be trafficked to those countriesa through Bangladesh.
After primary interrogation BSF officials handed over those rare lizards and the suspected smuggler to DFO, Malda today. The DFO officials informed that the matter was being looked into. (EOIC)