BHOPAL : Madhya Pradesh police on Friday arrested two persons in Balaghat district with the skin of a tiger poached in naxal-infested Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra. They are being suspected to be part of an organised racket. 

Accused Madhur Meghrajani (45) and Sudhakar Govinda Khatwani (40) were arrested after intercepting their car on the border area adjoining Godia district. They are residents of Lakhni village and Sankauli villages of Maharashtra's Bhandara district. 

"Their car was intercepted on a specific intelligence input. Skin of fully grown tiger kept under seat," said D C Sagar, inspector general (IG) Balaghat. 

He said the accused were trying to sell the skin for Rs 10 lakh when police had a tip-off. Local court have remanded them to the custody of police for four days. 

During interrogation both Meghrajani and Khatwani confessed that they were taking the skin to Nagpur to sell it. 

They have been charged under Section 9, 49 (B), 50, 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Car has also been seized.

Source: Times of India (Dated 18 Oct 2014)