Wildlife trophies, arms and currency notes were found at a retired Army officer’s house in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, during raid, PTI reported on Sunday. The raid at retired colonel Devendra Kumar’s residence was conducted on Saturday morning.
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials recovered a leopard pelt, four black buck trophies, three sambar antlers, eight deer skulls (six of which have antlers), seven teeth, 117 kg of raw meat and a knife with an ivory handle, reported Hindustan Times. They also found Rs 99.98 lakh in cash and various arms and ammunition.
Investigators believe that the raw meat found at Kumar’s house could be that of blue bulls or deer. Samples of the meat have been sent to a forensic lab for testing.
Kumar’s son Prashant Vishnoi is believed to have a passion for hunting. He came 65th in the National Shooting Championship held at Jaipur in November 2016. He was also part of the team invited to cull over 500 blue bulls in Bihar last year. The police have registered a case against Kumar and Vishnoi, who is absconding.
“Teams have been constituted to arrest Prashant, who is still at large. We are investigating their links with poachers,” chief conservator of forests (west zone) Mukesh Kumar told Hindustan Times.