Police busted an international animal trafficking racket in Karbi Anglong and rescued five baby chimpanzees from a car at Dillai Tiniali on NH 36 along the Assam-Nagaland border, on April 12.
Two persons, identified as Md Hobibur Rahman and Md Zanab Khan, were also arrested in connection with the case.
“During a routine checking, we rescued five baby chimpanzees from a vehicle bearing registration number MN01AG5829. Two persons involved in trafficking were also arrested,” Bokajan SDPO John Das said.
Das also added that the animals were brought from Myanmar and were to be handed over to a person in Guwahati.
“There is a huge market of exotic pets in Thailand and Myanmar. We are suspecting these animals were sourced into India from Myanmar via Manipur,” Das added.
Meanwhile, the chimpanzees and both the accused were handed over to the Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF), Manja Range under East Forest Division, Karbi Anglong.