15 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch has busted a racket which was allegedly smuggling leopard skin from Kuchinda. Seven persons have been arrested by the STF in this connection.
The accused have been identified Sanjay Bagh, Sunil Kallu, Dusraj Patel, Jhulaketan Naik and Kailash Majhi of Laikara in Jharsuguda and Minaketan Mundu and Kumad Bara of Mahulpulli in Sambalpur.
The STF acted on a tip-off and raided a lodge in Kuchinda where the gang was staying. The sleuths recovered four leopard skins from their possession.
They have been booked under multiple Sections of the IPC and Wildlife Protection Act. Further investigation is on to establish their connections with notorious elements in other states.