Yogesh K Porwar & Avanth Kumar Kankariya
The CID forest Mobile squad of Mysuru unit on Tuesday caught a 68-year-old farmer and his associate a 43-year-old vegetable vendor for trying to sell leopard nails to people .
The accused have been identified as MR Lokesh,from Sakaleshpura,a farmer by profession and his associate Ashok Ganapegowda,43,a vegetable vendor from the same area.
Based on a tip off,a team of officials posing as customers approached the accused and caught them red handed with 8 nails from them.
The accused told the police that they found the dead leopard in their mango groove a few years ago and removed its nails before disposing the body.
The accused said that were looking for the customers to sell the nails to make good .
However the CID officials suspect that hey might have killed the leopard took out the nails and pelt before disposing the carcass.
The police booked the duo under protection of wildlife act and probing further to ascertain the facts.