Monday, January 21, 2008

Rich haul of mongoose hair, 5 held
Our Correspondent

Gurgaon, January 30
The district police have seized around 25 kg of mongoose hair and arrested five persons, including the owner of the factory engaged in making brushes used for painting and white-washing.

This huge quantity of hair had been generated after killing more than 6,000 mongooses, observed the Chairman, People for Animals (PFA), Haryana, Mr Naresh Kumar Kadyan. As per a central government notification, the species of mongoose had been inserted in Part II of Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The Act states that no person shall hunt, use animal’s articles, trophy etc for any purpose.

Mr Kadyan informed mediapersons that the Chairperson of the PFA, Mrs Maneka Gandhi, got information that brushes were being made of mongoose hair in Gurgaon and surrounding areas and supplied to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

Acting on the tip provided by her, Mr Kadyan with his team visited the place in 4/8 Marla and found that the unit had been shifted to a new place in Feroz Gandhi Colony recently. The police raided the place and found four workers busy at the job of making brushes. The police seized a large quantity of finished brushes of different sizes and around 25 kg of hair, which were to be used in producing brushes. The police have also taken possession of other raw materials used for the purpose.

The cost of the seized hair was more than Rs 5 lakh, said Mr Kadyan. More than 50,000 brushes could have been manufactured from the seized hair. The SSP, Mr Kuldeep Singh Siag, informed the owner of the unit, Mr Prabhu Dayal Chawla, and four workers, Kanahya, Ashok Kumar, Rafik and Sanjay, had been arrested. The police have lodged an FIR.