Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday (June 13) arrested a man in Odisha’s Nayagarh and seized two leopard hide and animal bones from his possession. “Two leopard skins and animal bones were seized from his possession, for which he has been arrested and being presented in the court of JMFC, Ranpur today (Saturday). Skin and bones will be sent to Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun for examination,” said JN Pankaj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), STF.
The accused identified as 36-year old Laxmidhar Nayak was arrested near the Sana Maninag forest in Nayagarh. STF conducted a raid near the forest after receiving information about a deal of sale of leopard skin and bones by wildlife criminals. A case has been registered against him under multiple sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
On June 7, the STF seized two leopard skins and two deer skins in a forest area under the Daspalla police station in Nayagarh district. Two persons, including a private college teacher, were arrested. Last year, the STF seized four leopard skins and arrested seven persons at Kuchinda in Sambalpur district.