Siliguri: The forest department arrested a woman who was found with elephant tusks. 800gm of ivory were recovered after the woman was arrested. The forest department estimates that the ivory was brought for smuggling purposes.

According to sources, Sanjay Dutta, a rancher from Shalugara Range of Baikanthapur Forest Department, launched the operation on Monday (October 4) after receiving information from a source. The woman was arrested with ivory in front of a hotel near Odlabari in Dooars. The name of the arrested woman is Hemanti Gurung. The forest department found that the woman was a resident of Malbazar area.

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DFO Umarani of Baikanthapur Forest Department said, “We are investigating from where the ivory was brought. It is being investigated to find out if the woman has any contact with poachers.”

After investigation, the forest department found that ivory smuggling has been active in the forests of North Bengal.