Tinsukia police arrested four persons and seized one Tokay Gecko from their possession during a regular checking in upper Assam Tinsukia on Sunday.
Tinsukia SP Debojit Deori said, “During regular patrolling, our police team seized one Tokay Gecko from the possession of four persons. They were planning to sell the Tokay Gecko which have a great demand in international market.”
In 2014, Tokay Gecko was listed in Scheduled 4 of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.
Sources say the Tokay Gecko is smuggled from Arunachal Pradesh and sold to other parties who then transports them in the international market.
“Wildlife trafficking is a organised crime and many top officials of forest department are involved in the process with the wildlife smugglers. The poachers trapped the geckos and Chinese Pangolins from the forests of Bordumsa and sell it to the wildlife traders who transport them to other countries through Dimapur route,” said a source.
Sources informed that many villagers in Arunachal Pradesh are involved in this process to earn money from the Wildlife traders.
In 2018, the Assam state Biodiversity Board included the Tokay Gecko and Assamese Day Gecko in a new list of threatened species.
Sources said an adult gecko grown up to 40 cm May fetch an astonishing amount up to RS 10-20 lakh.
It might be mentioned that, Tokay Gecko is used as a vital ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine known as Ge Jie, believed to nourish the kidneys and lungs.