STF Seizes Leopard Skin In Odisha, Detains 1 Smuggler

Boudh: Leopard skin has been seized yet again in Odisha by a special joint team of  the Special Task Force (STF) on Sunday morning.

A joint team of Crime Branch Special Task Force (STF) and Forest Department officials seizes a leopard skin.

The team got a tip-off about the poachers and conducted a raid at Landa village under Kantamal forest range in Boudh district of Odisha.

Reportedly a wildlife smuggler has been detained while striking a deal with a prospective buyer.

It is noteworthy that on November 11, the Odisha Police had seized a leopard skin in Boudh district and arrested two persons involved in the wildlife trade.

With the help of forest officials, the special task force (STF) of Odisha police conducted a raid in Boudh forest division yesterday and seized the leopard skin from the possession of two wild life criminals.

The two accused persons are identified as Abanikanta Kahanra and Sakinath Kahanra, both from Boudh district. The two accused were handed over to Boudh forest officials for necessary legal action at their end, said the STF.

On November 2, the STF had seized a leopard skin in Mayurbhanj district and arrested two persons.

During the last one year, the task force has seized 20 leopard skins, 10 elephant tusks, two deer skins, six live pangolins and 15 kg pangolin scales and arrested 40 wildlife criminals.

Notably, STF is the specialized wing of Odisha police to curb the organized crime in the state.

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