E-commerce firms, Snapdeal, India Mart, Wish and Buy and Craft Comparison has been issued a notice last week by the Madhya Pradesh Tiger Strike Force for allegedly selling wildlife items online. “MP Tiger Strike Force has served notices to Snapdeal, India Mart, Wish and Buy and Craft Comparison for selling wildlife related items on their websites. The companies were told to remove all such content and to submit a clarification as to why an action should not be initiated against them,” the official said.
The names of the e-commerce websites surfaced after an investigation of the seizure of wildlife related items in Indore, a state public relations department official has said. ‘Hattha-Jodi’ and ‘Siyar-Singhi’ (used in black magic) made out of wild animals’ limbs were recovered from a shop named Shubh Bhakti in Indore’s Vijayanagar. Sumit Sharma and Firoz Ali the owners of the company were arrested and the case under the Wild Life Protection Act was registered against them.
During the interrogation, the accused revealed that the products were used for superstition purposes as Hattha-Jodi is believed by the people to win court cases, help them become rich, child birth, business growth and saw it as a solution to every problem. The owners said that the products were sold through online portals like Snapdeal.
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The accused e-commerce platforms claimed that the products were made of grass roots and plants, however, a forensic report confirmed that the products were wildlife items, an official said.