Leopard hide smuggling racket busted, 8 poachers arrested

The preliminary probe revealed the accused had hunted the leopard at Similipal Sanctuary. The accused were trying to strike a deal of Rs 7L for the leopard skin, police said.

The raid team with the arrested poachers

Poaching of wild animals continues unabated in Odisha which is quite evident following the seizure of a leopard hide in Mayurbhanj district.

Acting on a tip-off, a special squad of Mayurbhanj police conducted surprise raids at a ‘dhaba’ on National Highway near Katra under Bangripossi police limits and made the seizure.