STF Busts Another Wildlife Racket In Western Odisha, Recovers 3 Leopard Skins

Bhubaneswar: The STF has busted another racket of wild animal hides in western Odisha as its personnel have seized 3 leopard skins in Jharsuguda.

As per reports, an STF team conducted a raid on a house at Malidhi Chhak on Jharsuguda-Kuchinda road following reliable information about a deal to sell the animal skins on Sunday.

During the raid, they apprehended 3 persons while the deal was going on and recovered 3 leopard hides from their possession.

As the apprehended persons could not produce valid document in support of the hides, the STF has detained them. The accused persons belong to Jharsuguda, Balangir and Sambalpur districts, the sources said.

It may be noted that an STF team had seized a leopard skin and detained one person in Kandhamal district on August 3 and recovered a leopard hide and arrested one person in Kandhamal district on July 29.

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