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Jakarta Post

Suspected elephant poachers arrested, tusks seized in Riau

  • Rizal Harahap


Pekanbaru   /   Thu, August 6 2020   /  01:00 am
According to the police, the suspects initially plannedĀ to sell the elephant'sĀ tusks for Rp 4 million per kilogram. The pair of tusks seized from the alleged killers weigh seven kilograms in total.(Courtesy of Indragiri Hulu Police/-)

Police in Indragiri Hulu, Riau, have arrested two men for their alleged involvement in the killing of a wild elephant in April, though the mastermind behind the illegal slaughter remains at large. An investigation into the killing began after the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and the local police received a report regarding the finding of a male elephant carcass with its trunk cut off in a community plantation at the regency's Kelayang district on April 15. The necropsy conducted by the agency revealed that the elephant had been shot dead. The police later received information that a 52-year-old man identified as Ucok, a resident of Sikakak village in Riau's Kuantan Singigi regency, was allegedly involved in the killing. Ucok was previously jailed for killing an elephant in 2015. Indragiri Hulu Police chief Adj. Comr. Sr. Efrizal said on Monday th...