Balangir: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha police on Thursday arrested a wildlife criminal on charges of possessing elephant tusks in Balangir.
The arrested accused has been identified as Nurin Set, son of Late Dhobal Set of Malpada village under Malpada police limits.
On basis of reliable information regarding dealing/possession of wildlife products, the STF officials conducted a raid along with the help of Bolangir Forest Officials near Malpada.
During search six of elephant tusks weighing 09 kg (Approx) and other incriminating materials were recovered from his possession.
The accused person could not produce any authority in support of the possession of such Elephant Tusks, for which he has been detained and handed over to Bolangir Forest Officials under Balangir Forest Division for necessary legal action on their end.
Special drive against the wildlife criminals/poachers is continuing. Since 2020, STF has seized as many as 27 Nos. of leopard skin, 24 Nos. of elephant task, 7 Nos. of deer skins, 13 Nos. of live pangolin, 30 kg 400 gm of pangolin scales, 2 Nos. of leopard teeth, 29 Nos. of leopard claws, 46 Nos. of live wild parrot with arrest of 67 Nos. of wildlife criminals.
Further investigation into the criminal act is underway.
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