Tag: Smuggling

Odisha Plans To Save Endangered Pangolins From Extinction

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to save the Pangolins from extinction by gathering more information about their behaviour in the wild, the Odisha Forest Department is all set to set some…

COVID-19 Impact: Economic Distress Causes Rise In Smuggling In NE

Guwahati/Kohima: Industry body FICCI on Sunday said the recent rise in smuggling in the northeastern region can be attributed to economic distress insinuated by Covid-19 pandemic. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) said loss of jobs and lack of income due to recurrent lockdowns have left citizens without a means of […]

Forest Dept To Give Cash Reward For Info On Illegal Pangolin Trade

Cuttack: Taking strong cognizance of illegal pangolin trade incidents in the State, the Forest department has announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 to persons who will inform about the smuggling of the endangered animal. Athagarh DFO Sasmita Lenka informed about the move expressing optimism that it will further deter traffickers from trying to trade […]

Odisha’s Wildlife Under Threat From International Mafia

Bhubaneswar: Besides tigers and elephants, poaching and smuggling of pangolins in Odisha has now emerged as a big headache for the wildlife agencies in the country. Endangered wildlife species are under serious threat from several international racketeers especially from South East Asia, China, European Union as well as the Middle East. Usually, the racket is […]

13 kg Gold Seized In Odisha Was Smuggled From Foreign Countries

Rourkela: A day after the officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recovered nearly 13 kg gold while it was being transported in Howrah-Mumbai Jnaneswari Express, it has come to the fore that the gold was being smuggled from countries like UAE, Dubai, China, Bangaldesh and Myanmar to India. As per reports, the two accused […]

Granite mines being looted in Odisha: Congress' Pradeep Majhi

Malkangiri: Senior Congress leader Pradeep Majhi today alleged that valuable natural resources worth crores of rupees are being looted from granite mines in Peta area of Malkangiri district and smuggled to foreign countries. Majhi alleged that valuable stones are being transported from the mines in trucks every day. The Congress leader said that the company […]

Andhra fishermen sent to jail for poaching sharks in prohibited Odisha coast

Paradip: Seven fishermen, who were arrested by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Monday allegedly for fishing and poaching endangered species of sharks in the prohibited Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary area in Kendrapara district, were sent to judicial custody after court rejected their bail pleas today. According to a release of the ICG, a patrolling team […]

Pangolin smuggling racket busted, 4 arrested from Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch busted a pangolin smuggling racket by arresting four persons from Ambadiha village under Udala police limits in Mayurbhanj district on Friday night. Two pangolins including a female and a baby pangolin weighing around 13 kgs from their possession, informed CB SP Satyajit Nayak in a presser […]

Vehicle carrying cattle set on fire

Bhadrak: Tension erupted in Dhusuri area of Bhadrak today after locals stopped seven pick-up trucks carrying cattle and set one of them on fire after rescuing the animals. Locals alleged that the more than 150 cattle were being illegally smuggled outside the State. Later, the locals staged a road blockade near Asurali chhak of the […]

Bid to smuggle over 500 quintals green gram foiled in Cuttack

Cuttack: Police on Sunday seized more than 500 quintals of green gram (moong) from Seva Co-operative Society at Bilasuni village under Niali area in Cuttack district. Getting information from the locals last night, police rushed to the spot and seized the moong that was being packed in sacks for smuggling. The cops also sealed the […]

Pangolin smuggling: Odisha Crime Branch to seek Interpol help

Bhubaneswar: The special task force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch will be seeking Interpol’s help in tracing linkages of the pangolin scales smuggling racket in China and Myanmar. Crime Branch STF DIG, Himanshu Lal today said that while the main accused in India have been arrested, those who are operating from China and Myanmar are […]

Gold worth Rs 8 lakh seized at Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: Another attempt to smuggle gold at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here was thwarted when sleuths of the Air Intelligence Unit of Customs seized the precious yellow metal worth Rs 8 lakh from a youth of Mohali on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs official intercepted the youth who arrived from Bangkok in […]

Two quintals of ganja seized, 2 held in Balasore

Balasore: The district police seized ganja weighing 2 quintals from a car at Seragada toll plaza in Balasore district late last night. Two persons -including driver of the vehicle Muktikanta Nayak and his associate Rehman Khan have been arrested in this connection. Acting on a tip-off, Khantapada police intercepted an Innova car heading towards Balasore […]

Gold stashed in 'mixer grinder' seized at Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: It seems that smugglers are trying all possible means to traffic gold through Bhubaneswar International airport and devising new strategies to evade the customs officials. However, such attempts have so far failed as the officials of Customs department again on Monday seized 700 grams of gold that was being smuggled inside a mixer grinder. […]

Gold biscuits worth over Rs 76 lakh seized in Khurda

Khurda: Sleuths of Revenue Intelligence Directorate on Sunday seized 15 gold biscuits from a passenger at Khurda Road Junction railway station. Acting on a tip off, the sleuths raided the railway station and seized nearly 2.5 kg of gold biscuits, worth more than Rs 76.59 lakh, with Myanmar markings, from a passenger travelling from Guwahati […]

Three arrested for smuggling turtles

Malkangiri: Three persons including one from Andhra Pradesh were arrested by Forest Department officials at Kalimela in Malkangiri district while they were transporting turtles in a pick-up van from bordering Andhra Pradesh. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Forest personnel intercepted a van at MPV-60 village under Kalimela forest range area and seized around […]

Brown sugar worth Rs 30 lakh in Cuttack

Cuttack: The flying squad of Excise department on Monday seized 280 grams of brown sugar worth nearly Rs 30 lakh following raids at two places in Cuttack.   Two drug peddlers from Aradabazar area in Balasore have also been arrested in this connection. The accused have been identified as Sk Sahid (30) and Jada Soren […]

Ganja smuggling racket busted, 4 held

Phulbani: The Excise department officials on Thursday busted a Ganja smuggling racket in Phulbani in Kandhamal district and arrested four persons in this connection. Acting on a tip off, the officials raided suspected spots in the city and seized about 35 kg of ganja worth around Rs 5 lakh from four peddlers. The arrested have […]

6 held with 6.97 kg smuggled gold in Manipur

Imphal: A combined team of customs division and Central Industrial Security Force at the Manipur’s Imphal International Airport arrested six persons with 6.97 kg of gold biscuits stuffed inside their rectums. The 35 gold biscuits valued at Rs 1.79 crore were smuggled from Myanmar and were to be taken out to Kolkata in the Imphal-Kolkata-Delhi […]

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New cattle slaughter rules will curb its smuggling to B'desh: BJP

Shillong: The BJP in Meghalaya today said that the latest ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets will curb its smuggling to Bangladesh. “There is a massive cattle smuggling racket in the state which has skyrocketed the price of beef,” state BJP president Shibun Lyngdoh said. Meanwhile, the media unit of the […]

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Over 1,370 gang members arrested in massive US police operation

Washington: The US government has announced the arrests of almost 1,400 gang members between March 26 and May 6 in the largest ever operation undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) investigation unit. A total of 1,378 people were arrested around the country for assorted crimes, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, people trafficking, murder […]

Elephant tusks seized; 2 held in Dhenkanal 

Dhenkanal: Forest officials seized two elephant tusks and arrested two persons on charges of smuggling them from Mahabiroda forest range in Dhenkanal district today. The accused were identified as Kartik Nayak and Ranesh Nayak. The officials seized the tusks weighing 2.3 kg and 2. 2 kg.