Elephant tusks seized in Baripada, five smugglers held


Baripada: Forest department personnel on Thursday seized two elephant tusks at Titia Chakk under Baripada forest range in Mayurbhanj district and arrested five smugglers.

The arrested were identified as Debendra Mahali, Jagannath Singh, Pankaj Kumar Mahali, Binu Singh of Taladiha and Sushant Singh of Jamudiha area.

Acting on reliable inputs, the forest personnel launched a patrolling near Titia.

At around 8 pm, a suspicious auto-rickshaw was intercepted and upon search two elephant tusks were seized from the vehicle. The tusks weigh 600 grams and 700 grams respectively, the forest officials informed.

According to reports, Baripada Ranger Laxmidhar Behera along with Foresters Prashant Kumar Singhsamanta, Trinath Samal, Anil Kumar Mohanta and other officials of the forest department were present during the raid.

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