The Assam police arrested four government employees of Arunachal Pradesh in Dafalagarh tea garden, state forest department officials said on Wednesday. The police recovered a leopard skin and bones from their possession.
According to the forest officials, the accused posted in Arunachal Pradesh health department were arrested from the Dafalagarh tea garden in Biswanath Chariali on Tuesday evening.
A forest official said that the accused had contacted a buyer and had planned to sell the skin of leopard and bones weighing five kg for Rs 3 lakh, adding that two motorbikes they were using was also seized.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the accused might be involved in poaching and the skin and bones could be of a leopard killed inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
It is to mention that in November 2016, the forest officials had recovered a skin of a Royal Bengal tiger poisoned to death inside the Manas National Park in Assam following the arrest of a former National Democratic Front of Bodoland limit.