Customs seize approximately 8 kg of peacock feathers smuggled into Hong Kong
New Delhi, June 16 (PTI) About eight kilograms of peacock feathers that had been smuggled into Hong Kong were seized from the foreign post office here, the Delhi customs area said on Wednesday.
The peacock is the national bird of India and is protected under Schedule I of the Wild Life (Protection) Act which prohibits its hunting.
The Air Cargo (Export) Commissioner seized 10 unregistered packages destined for Hong Kong containing peacock feathers weighing around 8 kg at the foreign post office in New Delhi, he tweeted.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is already investigating the recent seizure of more than 21 lakhs of peacock feathers by the customs service that were smuggled into China disguised as plastic pipes.
The shipment, collectively weighing 2,565 kg and estimated at around Rs 5.25 crore, was seized at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Tughlakabad in March of this year.
The CBI had alleged that between September 2020 and February 2021, various shipments of peacock tail feathers via 26 shipping invoices were exported by a Delhi-based company to a recipient in China while concealing the details of the package.
Peacock feathers are used for medicinal purposes. PTI AKV SMN
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