Acting on a tip-off that some bird poachers were attempting to smuggle parrots in large numbers after catching them from the reserved forest area, a team led by Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Dinesh Badola and Bijendra Singh rushed to nab the culprits, officials said.
"Three thousand parakeets were recovered from the SUV. Those arrested have been identified as Sunny, Rakesh and Bilsan," field director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) Ramesh Pandey said.
The accused have confessed that they caught the birds from reserved forest areas to sell them in markets," an official said.
A case under relevant sections of the Wildlife Protection Act has been lodged, while interrogation to identify others involved in this illicit trade was on, he said.
(With inputs from agencies.)