Police arrested three persons from Burtala on Friday late night on charges of selling peacocks and peafowls.
Police rescued 12 peacocks and peafowls and took necessary arrangement for their proper medication. A police officer said acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a raid. They found the birds kept covered with jute bags from the house of one Soumen Balier on Haritaki Bagan Lane at Burtala.
Three persons – Teherir Khan, a resident of Thane in Maharastra, Sougata Ghosh of Shantipur in Nadia and Soumen Balier – were arrested.
They were remanded in the custody of the police till December 21 after being produced before the court on Saturday.
Preliminary investigation revealed that they used to supply birds and animals to different parts of the country and abroad. They had sent peacocks earlier to countries including Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
Police consider it a major breakthrough in the case as this arrest would help them to arrest the kingpin of the racket.
The police initiated the questioning the accused and came to know their modus operandi of supplying Indian birds and animals outside the country.