NEW DELHI: In a case involving the smuggling of protected wildlife animals, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached Wasim Rahaman’s assets worth Rs 2.21 crore.
The attached assets are land, a flat, and a bank balance, according to senior official of ED.
The ED launched a money-laundering investigation in response to a case filed by the Wild Life Crime Control Cell (WLC and Data Management Unit, West Bengal) under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
Rahaman and his accomplice were apprehended on June 1, 2019, by officials from the Wild Life Crime Control Cell for their involvement in the illegal trafficking of protected wildlife. A three-month-old lion cub, two white-headed langurs and a Javan lutung were rescued from them.
On March 16, this year, the ED conducted a search operation at Rahaman’s residential premises in Howrah and seized incriminating documents.
The ED said that during the investigation, it was discovered that Rahaman was actively involved in the smuggling of wildlife animals, which are protected species under the Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972.