On Thursday, a police station in Assam got a little overcrowded. No, there were not too many criminals, but animals.
What happened: Police in Kamrup in Assam seized 40 rare wild animals. In a major crackdown, which turned out to be the biggest seizure of trafficked exotic animals in Assam till date, 19 different types of primate species were seized.
The 40 rare, wild animals included baby kangaroos, exotic chimpanzees, rare tortoises, two wild birds and monkeys from 2 SUVs in what can be called the biggest seizure of trafficked exotic animals in Assam till date.
Who were the culprits: Two vehicles with Delhi’s registration numbers were seized by the police. The vehicles with numbers DL 8CAQ 9876 and DL 10CH 7924 (a Fortuner and an Innova car) were heading to the neighbouring states. The Rangia police seized the animals and also detained two persons in connection with the animal trafficking. The two vehicles were also labelled with 'ARMY' stickers.
What happened next: The Police have been interrogating the two detainees.
The initial investigation informs that Rangia Police rescued monkeys, chimpanzees, kangaroos and the rare tortoise from National Highway 31, which was on its way to the neighbouring states.
Earlier in the year, two kangaroos were seen in West Bengal.