Beypore: A 73-year-old man and his son were taken into custody by the Forest Flying Squad for illegal possession of elephant tusks.
The arrested are identified as Mavoor-native K S Krishnan and his son Shivaramakrishnan (39).
Acting on a tip off, the Flying Squad searched the house of the duo on Friday and seized two tusks –weighing 33.645 kg and two currency counting machines.
When questioned, they said the tusks belonged to their friend in Chennai and they are just custodians. They also told the investigators that the tusks were bought by the real owner in an auction 68 years ago from Coimbatore. However, they could not produce necessary documents to substantiate the claims.
Under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, an individual should get the permission of Chief Wildlife Warden to keep elephant tusks. The sale of tusks is banned under the Act.