Orang Asli arrested after Kelantan cops find elephant tusks, shotgun at his house

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  • Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

KOTA BARU (Bernama): An Orang Asli was detained after Kelantan police found two elephant tusks and a shotgun with 31 bullets at his house in Kampung Sugi near Pos Pasik, Gua Musang on Tuesday (Nov 12).

Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan said the house of the 51-year-old man was inspected after authorities received a tip-off.

He said the raid was conducted at 6pm, under an operation codenamed "Ops Bersepadu Khazanah" by a team of enforcers from the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan), four members of the 18th Battalion of General Operations Force (GOF18), and three Forest Department personnel.

"Initial investigations revealed that the man knew the shotgun belonged to his father-in-law to protect crops.

"However, the man had to be detained because the firearm and bullets were not registered to any party, ” he told reporters at the Kelantan police contingent headquarters here Thursday (Nov 14).

He said investigations will be conducted under Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1960.

Hasanuddin said on the same day, four men aged between 28 and 43, who were travelling on a four-wheel vehicle, were arrested by authorities upon entering Pos Pasik at about 4pm.

He said an inspection of the vehicle found 25 chicken and bird traps as well as one deer horn.

"All the suspects are still being held at the Gua Musang police station while the seized items have been turned over to the Kelantan Wildlife Department for further action, ” he said. - Bernama

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