The STF which works to tackle organised crimes further said the special drives against wildlife criminals and poachers have been launched since 2020.
The seized leopard skin will be sent to Wild Life Institute of India in Deharadun for a chemical examination.
Acting on a tip-off, a special team of the department headed by DFO Khyama Sarangi conducted a raid and caught Prahallad red-handed while he was making a deal to sell the skin on Wednesday.
During the last one year, a special drive against the wildlife criminals/poachers has been launched in which the STF has seized as many as 18 leopard skin, 9 elephant tusks, 2 deer skin, 5 live pangolin scales and arrested 36 wildlife criminals.
The STF is the specialized wing of the Odisha police formed to curb organized crime in the state.
Rairangpur: Forest department officials on Thursday arrested one person for his alleged involvement in leopard skin smuggling racket in Mayurbhanj district. One leopard skin has been recovered from the possession of the accused who has been identified as Laxman Nayak. “It was an undercover operation which was on for the last six to seven months. […]
Nuapada: After a brief lull, leopard skin smuggling has once again come back to haunt Odisha. A joint team of Chhattisgarh police and Odisha Forest department arrested a person on charges of leopard skin trade in Indagaon near Nuapada on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. The accused has been identified as Sanjay Bag, a resident of Nangalbod village […]
Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch claimed breakthrough in leopard skin smuggling racket by arresting the mastermind from Ranpur area of Nayagarh district. Two leopard hides and bones (30 pieces) have been recovered from the possession of the accused identified as Laxmidhar Nayak. STF officials informed that Nayak was arrested when he […]
Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today arrested two more personsin connection with the leopard skin racket which was recently busted in Deogarh. The arrested persons have been identified as RashmiRanjan Swain, a warder of Rourkela jail and LikulaSahoo, a constable of IRB Battalion. During interrogation, the STF found that the […]
Bhubaneswar: While continuing its probe into the leopard skin racket which was recently busted in Deogarh, the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today arrested four more persons taking the total number of arrests to seven. The accused have been identified as Kalicharan Das, Bhagirathi Nayak, Pitambar Khatia alias Pandit and Netranand Kisan […]
Bhubaneswar: The State forest authorities will soon draw out a blueprint for conservation and safety of wildlife through various reformative measures like increasing number of watch towers, protection squads and anti-poaching squads in forests. This comes close on the heels of the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA)s rap over rampant smuggling of leopard skin in […]
Keonjhar: Taking serious note of media reports on rampant smuggling of leopard skins in the State, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has slapped a notice to the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) of Odisha seeking factual status of steps taken for protection of leopards and action-taken over reports of smuggling. Based on a news article […]
Deogarh: Raising serious concerns over the rampant smuggling of leopard skin in Odisha, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has decided to take stringent action against the illegal trade. Close on the heels of Crime Branch action against leopard skin smuggling rackets in the State, NTCA Chief, Anup Nayak during a telephonic conversation with OTV […]
Deogarh: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch today busted a racket involved in smuggling of leopard hide in Barkote area of Deogarh district. As many as three persons including two sons of retired officials of Prisons department have been arrested in connection with the racket. CB sleuths have also seized a 7-feet […]
Kalahandi: Just days after the Special Task Force of Crime Branch busted a leopard skin smuggling racket from Sambalpur, police have seized another leopard hide from Ambadola-Dhanrabhata road under Lanjigarh block of Kalahandi district early today morning. As per reports, a team of Biswanathpur police intercepted two persons travelling on a bike from Ambadola during […]
Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur: The samples of the leopard skins seized by the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch in Kuchinda town of Sambalpur district on March 15 will be sent for forensic test to Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun. According to sources, after the forensic test, the details regarding the poaching of the […]