Bhubaneswar(10/12/2021): On the basis of reliable information , a team of Special Task Force (STF) with the help of
Balipatna Forest Range Officials under Khordha Forest Division conducted raid
near Pipili Flyover on 09.12.2021, as a result of which two wildlife criminals
namely-Krushna Chandra Swain of Ketaki Patana village under Balanga police limits in Puri district and Sunil Kumar Palei of
Netigada village under Gop police limits in Puri district were apprehended.
During search, Five numbers
of deer skins, one motorcycle and other incriminating articles were recovered
from their possession.
They could not produce any authority in support of
possession of deer skins, for which they have been detained and handed over
to Khordha Forest Officials along with seized items for necessary legal action
at their end.
Investigation is on.
Since 2020, Special drive against the wildlife criminals/ poachers
have been launched.
STF has seized as many as 21 numbers of leopard skins,
12 numbers of elephant tasks, 7 numbers of deer skins, 8 numbers of live
pangolin and 15 kg pangolin scales with arrest of as many as 50 wildlife criminals.