A suspect was arrested on 1 July in Yekyi Township of Pathein District in connection with the seizure of four bags of ‘ownerless’ elephant skins in a forest near the township on 30 June.
When interrogated, the suspect, identified as Mg Htway, 44, from Gwa, Rakhine State, confessed that he had taken the elephant skins to a forest near Chaunggwa Village, Yekyi Township, with the help of three accomplices, using motorcycles.
The police have launched a hunt for his accomplices, identified as U Aung Kyaw Naing from Gwa, and Maung Soe and Ko Htwe from Yekyi Township.
Between 2010 and 2018, 227 elephants died in Myanmar, and of them, 124 were killed by poachers, according to statistics provided by the authorities.
Investigations are on to identify the owner of the illegal elephant skins. — Sann Tint (Yekyi)
(Translated by La Wonn)