According to Thane Branch officers, the accused has been identified as Shantaram Jadhav (37), a resident of New Mahakali Nagar, Malad. Mr. Jadhav was nabbed on the basis of a tip-off received by the anti-extortion cell earlier this week.
“We had received information that the accused was dealing in legally banned items obtained from preying on wildlife, and set a trap. On Wednesday, we intercepted Mr. Jadhav at Balkum in Majiwada, Thane. We searched the bags he was carrying and found a leopard skin, a tiger skin, a long lizard, and two elephant tusks. The items collectively are worth ₹45 lakh in the black market” a Crime Branch officer said.