(New Delhi): Trade in ivory products has been banned for the last 13 years but an Indian diplomat posted in Africa has clearly decided to ignore that. Customs officials have seized a huge consignment of elephant ivory shipped home by the diplomat Anand Prabha Roy.
“Under the Indian law, import of ivory is completely banned and we cannot allow this. We are issuing a show cause notice to him and have also referred to the wildlife authorities. Action will be taken if he is not in a position to produce any documents,” said Atul Dixit, Additional Commissioner Customs.
The wildlife authorities are also keen that strict action is taken. “We examined the consignment and all the products are of African ivory and protected under the Wildlife Protection Act,” said B S Guram, Assistant Director, Department of Wildlife .Although ivory trade is completely banned in India but this consignment detained by customs authorities had two huge tusks of five and a half feet each and elephant jaws with teeth. The wildlife authorities have recommended action and it is for the custom authorities to act now.