- Poaching, illegal wildlife hunting, arms smuggling racket busted
- National-level shooter, retired colonel, foreigner allegedly involved
- Seized samples sent for forensic examination, 4 detained for questioning
Raids were carried out at home of retired army personnel - a colonel, who owns a college in Bareilly. Also in question is the army officer's son, Prashant Bishnoi, who is a national level shooter.
At least 140 weapons, licensed and illegal, locally and foreign made, around 50,000 cartridges, skin and carcass of a leopard, blackbuck and extinct animals, antlers, bones and ivory tusk, 15 stuffed deer, sambhar and blackbuck were seized in raids. Around 170 kilogram of meat, believed to be of Neelgai, blue bull, was also seized found at home.
Prashant Bishnoi is a national level skeet shooter. Last November he participated in 60th national championship and stood 65th. National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has designated him as a "renowned" shooter and therefore he has license for two weapons of 12 bore each.
Mr Bishnoi was part of a "hunting team" that was sent to Bihar. In a highly controversial move, Bihar government had allowed hunting of Neelgai or Blue Bull, claiming it was destroying crops of farmers.
A foreign national is also said to be involved in the racket.