Tribal villagers take away arrested poachers

Baripada: Armed with bows and arrows, tribal villagers forcibly took away two arrested poachers along with guns from forest patrolling team in Mayurbhanj district, oficial sources said today.

The incident occured at Bahalada under Dukura forest range, about 30 kms from here in Similipal sanctuary area last evening when a large number of tribals confronted the forest patrol party.

Forest patrol party had arrested two poachers and seized two guns from them at Bahalada on the foothills of Similipal but later local tribals including women gheroed the forest staff and took away poachers along with guns, Anup Kumar Nayak Field Director Similipal TigerReserve said.

A protection assistant was injured in arrow attack by tribals and admitted to district headquarters hospital here, Nayak said adding DFO, Baripada Bijay Kumar Panda rushed to the spot with his force.