authorities in Tamil Nadu look into the origin of elephant tusks found worth Rs 60 lakh

Chennai, 16 May Two elephant tusks (weighing 3.2 kg and valued at Rs 60 lakh) that were taken by the Tamil Nadu police’s Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) on Wednesday night are the subject of a joint investigation by the state police’s Special Investigation Team and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department.

Along with the elephant tusks, A. Ram Alagu, 40, of Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu, has been taken into custody by the police.

The Tamil Nadu police’s elite OCIU unit compiles data on offenders and their actions, and it maintains a database with dossiers on many offenders and organized crime groups.

However, in order to determine the age of the elephant whose body the tusks were taken and to get more details about the tusk that was found on the detained individual, the unit is asking the Tamil Nadu Forest Department for assistance.

IANS was informed by sources in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department that although they do not currently have any leads, Ram Alagu is being questioned in order to get further information and identify the specific individuals responsible.

After questioning Ram Alagu, the OCIU discovered that he was only a conduit and had little knowledge of the location of the tusk’s acquisition.

The capture of the tusk and the arrest of the individual carrying it have already been reported in a communiqué circulated by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department to all forest divisions in the state as well as neighboring states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, and Karnataka.

The four southern states are conducting a synchronized three-day elephant census, and the relationships between their respective forest departments are great.

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