The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) disrupted wildlife trafficking syndicates in the Jammu and Kashmir regions.
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau:
♦ This is a multidisciplinary statutory body established by the Indian government under the Ministry of Environment and Forests to combat organized wildlife crime in the country. Headquartered in New Delhi, with regional, sub-regional offices and border units.
♦ According to section 38(Z) of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, its tasks are:
– Collect and organize intelligence related to organized wildlife crime activities
– Distribute it to the state and other law enforcement agencies for immediate action to arrest criminals
– Establish a centralized wildlife crime database
– Coordinate the actions of various agencies in connection with the enforcement of the provisions of the Act
– Assist foreign authorities and relevant international organizations to promote coordination and take universal actions to control wildlife crime.
– Build the capacity of wildlife crime law enforcement agencies to conduct scientific and professional investigations of wildlife crimes and assist the state government to ensure successful prosecutions related to wildlife crimes.
– Advise the Indian government on issues related to wildlife crimes, related policies and laws involving national and international impacts.
♦ It also assists and recommends customs authorities to inspect animal and plant cargoes in accordance with the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, CITES and EXIM Policy governing such items.
♦ GOI notified the board of directors of its establishment in 2007 and started operations in 2008.
♦ Created based on the recommendations of the “Prevention of Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Wildlife Products ” Committee (1994) led by Dr S. Subramaniam.