Kalahandi: The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch busted a racket involved in the smuggling of animal hides and tusks in the Bahawanipatna area in Kalahandi district.
As many as four persons have been arrested in connection with the racket.
Acting on a tip-off, the STF team reached the district and chalked a plan to nab the smugglers. Disguised as customers, officials of the STF approached the criminals and later arrested them when the smugglers finalised the deal.
Officials also seized one leopard hide and a jumbo tusk from the possession of the accused persons.
During interrogation, the STF found that the arrested persons were involved in the smuggling of leopard skin and elephant tusks.
The accused persons have been brought to Bhubaneswar for further interrogation, sources said.