National Bird In Danger? 21 Lakh Peacock Feathers Were Being Smuggled To China, CBI To Probe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked a Delhi-based firm and its director for allegedly smuggling peacock tail feathers to a China-based entity.

The CBI filed a case after customs authorities in New Delhi seized a consignment of 77 packages that had 21 lakh

peacock tail feathers weighing 2,565 kg. The feathers are price ₹ 5.25 crore.

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Smuggled within the identify of “plastic versatile pipes”

The consignment was shipped within the identify of “plastic versatile pipes” by M/s Galaxy Rider to recipients in China, stated CBI sources.

Investigations reveal that 26 such consignments had been despatched to China, utilizing the identical modus operandi, between September and February.

A case has been filed towards Ayaz Ahmed, director of M/s Galaxy Rider, and others who’re unnamed, underneath the Wildlife Safety Act. Different expenses embody prison conspiracy and dishonest. The Customs group had seized the consignment from Inland Container Depot, Tughlaqabad, Delhi in March.

How did they purchase the feathers?

“In response to supply data, the seized feathers embody these plucked by the best way of poaching of peacocks and that is a part of an enormous prison community. With out poaching or searching, it isn’t attainable to amass such an enormous consignment of feathers,” an official stated.

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Delhi customs

The CBI has alleged that between September 2020 and February 2021, numerous consignments of peacock tail feathers by 26 transport payments had been exported by Ahmed’s firm utilizing the providers of Logistic Curator India Pvt Ltd to a consignee in China by concealing the package deal particulars.


Why is it necessary to guard peacocks?

Peacock is a protected hen underneath Schedule I of the Wildlife Safety Act, 1972, which prohibits its searching. The export of peacock feathers shouldn’t be permitted.

The products are proscribed for export u/s 113(d) of Customs Act, 1962. Peacock tail feathers being smuggled out are suspected to be meant for medicinal functions, an official informed PTI. 

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