Uttar Pradesh: Poaching racket busted at skeet shooter's house

In the raid, the team recovered wild animal body parts, Rs 1 crore cash and arms including 35 pistols, 50000 live cartridges and leopard skin as well.

Kumar stays with his wife Sangeeta Kumar and son Prashant Bishnoi, who is a national-level shooter. A team of DRI officials reached the Civil Lines residence of Colonel (retd) Devindra Kumar on Saturday in the afternoon and the raid continued till 3:30 AM.

DRI is investigating the wildlife poaching racket and gunrunning racket which involves foreigners and high profile individuals.

"Boris Sobotic Mikolic, a Slovenian arms dealer, and two Delhi shooters - Amit Goel and another we are not naming - are in 14-day judicial remand for smuggling weapons", Raj Kumar Digvijay, DRI additional director (Delhi) was quoted by Times of India as saying.

Kumar also said, '117 kilograms of meat was also taken into custody which was kept in the refrigerator in 45 packets'. They had declared the wrong quantity and value of the arms and ammunition to Customs and tried to clear these items under the import policy for renowned shooters.

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Rules permit professional shooters to import a limited quantity of arms and ammunition for practise.

Meerut: A huge amount of cash, weapons and meat has been recovered in a raid conducted at a colonel's residence in UP's Meerut.

Following the information gathered from these persons, the DRI along with other agencies carried out the raids.

The DRI said in a media release that firearms of various makes and models - Glocks, Berettas, Arsenals, Benelles and Blasers - were seized during the raids along with expensive cameras, thermal-imaging binoculars and over 1 lakh cartridges.

In the follow up action in Meerut, DRI teams found hides of leopard and blackbuck, skulls with horns of blackbuck, sambhar and meat of various endangered animals, it said. "A sample will be sent to the laboratory for testing".

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