Investigations underway to apprehend elephant poachers

Photos show the elephant carcass and parts of elephant skin. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Photos show the elephant carcass and parts of elephant skin. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

Police forces from Okkan, Taikkyi Township in Yangon Region, captured three out of five suspected elephant poachers on 27 May. Maung Kyar alias Kyar Lone, 45, from Hmawbi Township; Tun Naing, 45; and Tun Naing’s brother Maung Myint, 42, from Mindon Town, were apprehended for their involvement in elephant poaching and evading law enforcement, and specifically for violation of Section 37 (a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Conservation of Natural Areas Law.
Upon interrogation, police discovered that the three arrested men had traveled with two other suspects, Kyaw Kyaw, 30, and Maung Nge, 40, with four home-made guns to forest reserves No. 76 in Okkan area on January 2017 to hunt wild elephants. There, they killed a female elephant and sold forty viss of the elephant’s parts to Aung Aung (suspected) in Yangon. The group killed two more elephants in October 2017 and March 2018 and reportedly sold the elephants’ parts to Aung Aung again. Authorities have formed a joint force with officials in areas where high elephant poaching cases were reported to prevent the illegal killing of the animals.—MNA

Photos show the elephant carcass and parts of elephant skin. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Photos show the elephant carcass and parts of elephant skin. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
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