Forest officials were in contact with the poachers for the last three days and had chalked out a plan to nab them red handed with the live pangolin.
For its scales and meat and other medicinal properties, it seems as if pangolins have unfortunately become the world's most trafficked animal currently.
Another case of pangolin smuggling has surfaced in Odisha. A wildlife smuggling racket was busted by Forest officials in Nabarangpur district on Monday. Officials rescued a pangolin and arrested 4 persons in connection with the incident.
In a similar incident on October 8, a Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police arrested two persons for illegally possessing and transporting a live pangolin near Khordha town.
On the basis of reliable information, the STF team conducted a raid on the service road of NH-16 in between Gurujanga and Pitapalli, Khordha about transporting/deal of wildlife and caught two people red-handed with a live pangolin.
The Special Task Force of Odisha Crime Branch on Thursday arrested as many as 3 people while cracking a deal to sell a live pangolin in Bhubaneswar.
Mayurbhanj: Continuing its crackdown on illegal wildlife trade, the Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Crime Branch on Monday night arrested six more persons in connection with the pangolin smuggling case at Ambadiha village under Udala police limits in Mayurbhanj district. Among the six accused, Agnisar Nayak (50), Lalmohan Nayak (45) and Pratap Nayak […]
Bhubaneswar: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch on Friday arrested Jamshed, one of the key accused in the pangolin smuggling racket in Odisha. Wanted in two cases in Madhya Pradesh, Jamshed was arrested from Berhampur. STF IG Yatindra Koyal informed that Jamshed also used to finance the illegal wildlife racket and has links […]
Cuttack: A team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) reached Odisha today to investigate pangolin smuggling cases & ascertain whether the racket has any international links, informed Athagarh DFO Sasmita Lenka. As per reports, around 10 persons have been arrested on charges of smuggling pangolins in Athagarh area in the last few days. After interrogation […]
Cuttack: Tightening noose around the illegal smuggling and poaching of pangolins, two more persons were arrested from Tigiria area in Cuttack district today. With this, the total number of arrests made by the Forest department and the Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch has now reached 12. According to reports, pangolin scales and tusks […]
Athagarh: A team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) today began investigation into smuggling of pangolins in the State and to ascertain if the racket has any international links. As many as 10 persons arrested on charges of smuggling pangolins in Athagarh area in the last few days were questioned during a marathon interrogation by […]
Cuttack: In a major crackdown, the forest department officials Friday arrested notorious wildlife smuggler Madhab Patra for his alleged involvement in pangolin smuggling racket in the State. Patra, a member of ‘Sasura-Jwain’ gang was nabbed from Godi Sahi under Narasinghpur area of Cuttack district. A video purportedly showing Patra involved in smuggling the scaly anteaters […]
Bhubaneswar/Athagarh: In what could be a major breakthrough, the forest department officials have managed to extract vital information with regard to smuggling of pangolins, during interrogation of arrested wildlife smuggler Madhab Patra. While the earlier apprehensions pointed at international trade, the latest development suggests that the pangolin smuggling racket in Odisha has links with smugglers […]
Bhubaneswar: In a major breakthrough in the pangolin smuggling racket, Athagarh Forest officials arrested three persons including kingpin Ali from Naraj area in Cuttack district on Friday. Athagarh DFO SasmitaLenka informed that Ali was nabbed based on crucial information elicited during interrogation of a Divyang accused, who was recently arrested from Naraj in connection with […]
Bhubaneswar: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) of Odisha, Hari Shankar Upadhyay has sought the intervention of Crime Branch of Odisha Police to investigate the pangolin smuggling racket in the State. In a letter to the Additional DG of Crime Branch, the PCCF requested the investigating agency to take up […]