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Wildlife crimes getting more organised in India: experts

Aug 05, 2013

Low risk and high profit is luring more people to this trade," said the head of TRAFFIC India Dr Shekhar Kumar Niraj.

Owing to poor conviction rate and lack of political and administrative willpower, wildlife trade and crime continues to flourish in the country said experts at a workshop on wildlife conservation held in Indore on Tuesday.  Only three per cent of accused are convicted in wildlife crimes even as the crimes related to wildlife trade gets organized with international links. "Low risk and high profit is luring more people to this trade," said the head of TRAFFIC India Dr Shekhar Kumar Niraj.

M Marco from World Crime Control Bureau said that the forest department does not show much seriousness in filing complaints in cases of wildlife crimes. Due to poor investigations most cases fall through. Experts said that seizure of skins and bones of animals cannot alone ensure conviction. Follow up investigation, interrogation of accused and recording of their statements are equally important.

“Wildlife trade can be checked only with a coordinated efforts involving the forest, the police and the revenue departments in addition to the CBI, border agencies and intelligence as the people involved in such crimes frequently change their places," said Niraj.

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