An undercover officer from the Forest Department was shown the skins of a Tiger and five leopards (including a black panther) in Pollachi, by a man named Jailani who demanded five crores. The officer was from a team of plainclothes Forest department officials, who were acting on a tip off. After the skin traders ultimately agreed to sell all the skins for a sum of one crore, the officer told them he had to consult with his friends, after which he informed the waiting officials nearby. Nine persons, including a woman named Parameswari in whose house the incident took place, were booked under Section Nine of the Wildlife Protection Act and arrested.
Nine arrested near Coimbatore for possession of skins of a Tiger and five Leopards
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