Forest officers seize black coral and animal parts from Kalyan resident | Bombay News

In a joint operation by team from Kalyan Range Forest Office (RFO) of Maharashtra Department of Forestry and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Western Region, 250 black corals and 50 Hatha Jodi (penis monitor lizard) were seized from a commercial shop at a residential building in Kalyan on Saturday.

Forest Department officials arrested three people in the case under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Following information received by the WCCB team, a trap was set jointly by the Kalyan RFO team and seized 250 black corals (Antipatharians) and Hatha Jodi, which are protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 .

The three people arrested were Geeta Anand Jakhotiya, 47, the resident of the apartment, and staff Navnath Trimbak Ghuge, 30, and Akshay Manohar Deshmukh, 22.

Jakhotiya runs a business named Shubh Sanket Vastu – a residential and commercial industrial Vastu consultant. She took care of aromatic oil supply, aromatic candles, numerology, crystal therapy, tarot card services.

“We are investigating the case and have arrested the three defendants in this case and presented them to court and have been granted two days in custody,” said RFO, Kalyan, RN Channe.

“It is learned that Black Coral and Hatha Jodi are sold for black magic, good luck, wealth, prosperity, Ayurvedic medicine, Vastu and as pooja items. This is illegal and a violation of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972,” said Honorary Wildlife Warden Sunish Subramanian Kunju.


    Sajana is a correspondent for Kalyan and has around four years’ experience covering civic and cultural issues for HT’s Thane edition.
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