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May 31, 2020

Elephant poacher arrested in Ngapudaw, three still at large

The elephant poacher being seen together with rifles , ivory tasks etc.
The elephant poacher being seen together with rifles , ivory tasks etc.

A MEMBER of an underground elephant poacher gang has been arrested in Ngapudaw Township, Ayeyawady Region.
The culprit was arrested with two elephant hunting rifles, ivory tusks, elephant hide and dry elephant meat in his possession on Wednesday morning.
“We were made aware of the situation by reports from local residents. The move for making arrests was conducted when the culprits were asleep guarding their elephant trophies.
They returned fire and an arrest was made only upon forced entry by the police. We’ve obtained the identification cards of those that escaped,” said U Htun Lay, administrator of Tinchaung village who was part of the arrest operation.
The Department of Forestry for Ngapudaw Township has made it known that the arrest operation was undertaken with information provided by roughly 30 individuals, including ten forest police from within section 138 of the Myittayar Forest, together with staff from the township forestry department and village administration. Despite arresting one individual, three members of the elephant poacher gang are reportedly still at large.
The culprit arrested reportedly originates from Ngaphe Township. He was caught with two long rifles, three packets of poison, 33 ball bearings, gun powder, a power bank and two mobile phones.
Furthermore, two ivory tusks — one 9.5 inches in length and four inches in circumference, the other 7 inches in length and three inches in circumference; ten viss (5.76 ounces) of elephant hide, together one viss (0.576 ounces) of dried elephant meat, were also confiscated from the scene.
“The Ngapudaw forestry police force are currently sweeping the local forest along the Pathein — Mawtin highway in search for the remaining three culprits who are still at large.” said U Win Zaw, a junior forester from the Department of Forestry for Ngapudaw Township.
The three men are known as Maung Maung from Winkabar village, Zaw Myo Chit from Wethsar village and Maung …. from Thetkeltaung village, all within Ngahpe Township.
The arrested Maung Htar is to be transported and held in custody at Ngapudaw police station and charged with article 37(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Conservation of Natural Areas Law.


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