27 March 2019
Kalahandi: Illegal poaching has become one of the major problems in the forests under Kalahandi district as the animals in the area are being killed for their skin and other body parts.
A leopard skin has been seized by police near Dhanrabhata village under Biswanathpur police limits of the district last night.
Acting on a tip-off that a leopard skin is being trafficked by two persons on a black Pulsar motorcycle from Ambabhona, police started a chase. However, the miscreants left the skin and vehicle and fled away from the spot.
Further, three persons accused of murdering an elephant for its tusk have been arrested by the forest department from Khajurguda village under Lanjigarh block of the district.
Reportedly on March 24, body of a tusker had been recovered near Bijepur village under Lanjigarh. The poachers had set a live wire trap to kill it for its tusks.
A team of forest officials led by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) T. Ashok Kumar have successfully seized the tusks with arrest of three persons who have been court forwarded.