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117 kg nilgai meat, 40 guns, ivory, animal skin, 1 crore cash, firearms ammunition seized in retired army officer’s house!

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the forest department raided the house of Colonel (retd) Devindra Kumar yesterday in Meerut.

What they found was really shocking, as the man had indulged in massive corruption and smuggling since many years. The intelligence department, was stunned at the amount of snuggled goods the man had collected. The raid which started in the early morning continued till afternoon, in which the police seized at least 117 kg nilgai meat, animal skin, ivory and 40 guns, rifles, bombs, ammunition, firearms, nearly Rs 1 crore black money, five skulls of deer, horns of sambar deer, antlers of antelope and black buck.

A case has been registered against Kumar and his son, Prashant Vishnoi, under the Wildlife Act. “Teams have been constituted to arrest Prashant, who is still absconding.

Chief conservator of forests (west zone) Mukesh Kumar said that the army officer had various links with smugglers, poachers and dealers and was involved in illegal trade business in many countries.

Kumar and his son also run a security agency. Vishnoi, a professional skeet shooter, had secured the 65th rank in the National Shooting Championship held at Jaipur in November last year. Sources said Vishnoi had a passion for hunting and had close links with former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat.

It is a matter of disgrace that an retired army officer has been indulging in such heinous acts of smuggling and illegal trade. He has in fact disgraced the uniform and brought shame to the country. Such people should be given double the actual punishment for insulting the Army and the Nation.

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Aishwarya S

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