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STF seizes leopard skin, elephant tusk, and pangolin scales in Odisha, 1 arrested

Deogarh: A joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and Deogarh forest department have seized one leopard skin, one elephant tusk, and a huge amount of pangolin scales in Baraghat village under Tileibani forest section in Deogarh. The team has also arrested one wildlife criminal in this connection.

The arrested wildlife criminal has been identified as Madan Jaipuria of the village.

Acting on a tip-off regarding the illegal sale of animal body parts in various areas under the Deogarh forest division, the joint team of STF and Forest Department conducted a raid on Thursday evening and arrested the wildlife criminal.

A leopard skin, an elephant tusk, and 1,770 grams of pangolin scales have been seized from his possession, informed Deogarh Forest Officer Magar Dhanaji Raoso.

Madan has confessed his crime during police interrogation. The police have initiated an investigation to ascertain whether there is any involvement of other people in this crime.

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