Bhubaneawar/Boudh, October 19: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch with the help of Boudh Forest officials seized two leopard skins and has arrested one person following a raid near Kapasira village under Manmunda forest range, STF said on Tuesday.
The accused was identified as Jibardhan Bhoi of Dundra village under Kantamal police station area.
“On the basis of reliable information, STF team conducted a raid with the help of Boudh Forest officials near village Kapasira under Manmunda Forest Range, District: Boudh about a deal of sale of Leopard Skin by wild life criminals on 18.10.2021, as a result of which one accused person namely Jibardhan Bhoi S/o. Ganaram Bhoi of Dundra PO. Naran Prasad PS. Kantamal Dist. Boudh was apprehended,” said a STF statement.
During search, two leopard skin and other incriminating materials were seized from his possession. The accused person could not produce any valid authority in support of possession of leopard skin, for which he has been detained and handed over to forest officials for necessary legal action at their end, it said.
During last one year, STF has seized as many as 18 leopard skin, nine elephant tusks, two deer skins, five live pangolin and 15 kg pangolin scales and arrested 36 wild life criminals.
STF is the specialized wing of Odisha Police to curb the organised crime in the State. Wildlife crimes remain the one of the focus area of STF and STF will continue its drive against the wild life crime and criminals