Kochi: The fake ivory seized from Monson Mavunkal, the self-styled antique dealer were purchased from Rajasthan, say reports. The forest department has confirmed the fact following an evidence collection. Monson had bought the elephant tusks from a souvenir shop at a five-star hotel in Kochi.
The shopkeepers informed that the tusks were purchased from Rajasthan. Monson had spent Rs 8,000 to buy it. Along with the tusk, he bought other artefacts worth Rs 35,000 from the same souvenir shop.
The forest department recovered four materials similar to the tusks from Monson’s house at Kaloor. As the fake-tusks were collected from Rajasthan, the officials suspect it is made of camel bones. Monson had already stated that the fake tusks had been made by changing the colour of camel bones.
The officers of the forest department collected evidence by inspecting Monson’s house at Kaloor and the souvenir shop.