Kaliabor: In an operation led by the Kaliabor police, a total of 12 tokay gecko poachers were nabbed in the last three days in Missa, Nagaon district. Two tokay geckos, an endangered nocturnal arboreal reptile species, cash worth Rs 1,12,500 and two vehicles were seized from their possession.
Some of the arrested poachers have been identified as Raju Islam and Jayanta Nath from Changsari, Upen Kurmi and Jalaluddin Ansari hailing from Dhekiajuli, Babul Hussain from Darrang and Suraj Subur from Kaliabor.
Acting on a tip-off, the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Kaliabor Police Station, Mrinmoy Das led the operation and nabbed the poachers on July 24th, 2019 and July 26th, 2019 respectively.
“A total of 12 poachers were nabbed in the last three days. Mobile phones, weighing scales and other objectionable objects used for selling the tokay geckos were seized from them,” said Das while speaking to Time8.
It may be mentioned here, the tockay gecko mainly occurs in Northeast India, Bhutan Nepal and Bangladesh. Its native habitat is rainforest where it lives on trees and cliffs and it frequently adapts to human rural habitations.
The species is mainly poached for its medicinal abilities as it is believed to nourish the kidneys and lungs of human bodies. The animal is highly sought after in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and other Asian countries.