Phulbani: Forest department personnel have seized country-made firearms and wildlife contraband from Dakarbadi forest near Karada under Raikia range in Kandhamal district.
A team lead by Forest Department Range Officer Sunil Kumar Sahu, Forester Usat Kanhar, Forest Guards rangers Sujit Pradhan, & Krushna Charan Nayak conducted a raid in the forest area and recovered the illegal guns, ammunition, along with porcupine meat & spikes, torch lights, batteries, etc.
However, the suspected hunters managed to flee the spot.
Earlier, the forest department personnel had seized country-made pistols from the same locality
There have been several allegations that miscreants are setting fire in the Raikia forest and hunting wild animals.