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Pangolin Scales Smuggling: 4 Arrested By Odisha Crime Branch

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08 December 2018

Bikash Das

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Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force of Odisha Crime Branch arrested four persons from Udala area here today in connection with smuggling pangolin scales from the State to other countries.

On receiving intelligence, a team of STF, Bhubaneswar under the leadership of Bilasini Nayak, Deputy SP rushed to a remote village namely Ambadiha under Udala police station of Mayurbhanj district last night and recovered two live Pangolins, weighing about 18 kilograms from illegal possession of Balia Andhara Judia, Debendra Das, Janmenjay Naik and Raghunath Behera while they were making a deal with the procurer at a cost of Rs. 22 lakhs.

Earlier, the STF had discovered that a chain of Pangolin trade originated from Odisha and was routed through West Bengal, Mizoram and Assam and ended in Myanmar and China.

Pangolin is a Schedule I animal and is one of the most trafficked animals in the world. While one pangolin scales are sold at a price of Rs 12,000 in Odisha, its value in international markets increases significantly.

A case has been registered against them under Sec. 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 that is currently being investigated to ascertain their linkage with other accused persons across the state and other nations as well. The accused persons will be forwarded after formalities and if necessary they will be brought under Police remand for interrogation to unearth clues on international ramification, said officials.

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Satyajit Naik, SP, STF, Odisha Crime Branch