Kandhamal: The team of the Special Task Force has seized a leopard skin and arrested one dealer in this connection. The arrested dealer has been identified as Bipin Nayak son of Late Bishikeshan Nayak of Pangali village under Daringibadi police limits.
Based on a piece of reliable information regarding a deal to sell the leopard skin, the team of STF with the help Daringbadi Forest Officials conducted on the public road of Daberi village and apprehended Bipin from the spot.
During the search, one leopard skin and other incriminating materials were seized from his possession. The accused person could not produce any valid authority in support of the possession of leopard skins. Hence, they have been detained and handed over to Daringbadi Forest Officials for legal action at their end.
Special drive against the wildlife criminals/poachers is continuing. As of now, STF has seized as many as 27 Nos. of leopard skin, 15 Nos. of elephant task, 7 Nos. of deer skins, 12 Nos. of live pangolin, 23.5kg of pangolin scales, 2 Nos. of leopard teeth, 29 Nos. of leopard claws, 46 Nos. of live wild parrot with the arrest of 64 Nos. of wildlife criminals.