Two arrested for smuggling 'whale vomit' in Maharashtra

 Two arrested for smuggling 'whale vomit' in Maharashtra 

rime Branch of Pimpri Chinchwad Police arrested two persons on Wednesday for allegedly smuggling Ambergris, or "whale vomit" worth more than Rs 1.1 crore. The accused were trying to sell it in Pune.

Acting on a tip-off that a person was coming to an area near Moshi toll booth to sell ambergris, the police team set up a trap and arrested both accused red-handed. The accused have been identified as John Sunil Sathe and Ajit Hukumchand Bagmar. Both are residents of Nashik.

An FIR was registered in Bhosari MIDC police under sections of the wildlife protection act. (ANI)

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The arrested men have been identified as John Sunil Sathe (33), a resident of Magarmala area along Nashik road and Ajit Hukumchand Bagmar (61), a resident of Ravivar Karanja in Nashik, according to police inspector Varsharani Patil of Unit 1 of the Pimpri-Chinchwad crime branch, who is also investigating the case.

The police seized 550 grammes of the substance believed to be whale vomit, that and Bagmar and another unidentified person couriered to Sathe. The estimated cost of the seized material, according to police, is 1.1 crore.

The men are suspected to have been attempting to sell the material. Possession and sale of Ambergris is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act.

“After further interrogation about the material, Sathe told us that the material was sourced from Ajit Bagmar and that its sale was slated for tonight (Monday night) and in order to sell it, he had come to the Moshi area of Pune,” read a statement by Unit 1 of the Pimpri-Chinchwad crime branch.

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