Leopard Skin Smuggling Racket Busted, Two From Odisha Held


Gariabandh: Chattisgarh Police claimed to have busted a major leopard skin smuggling racket by arresting two persons in this connection in Gariyaband district here.

The arrested persons have been identified as Ramesh Nayak of Kalahandi district in Odisha.

Acting on a tip-off that two persons were trying to sell leopard skins in Dhupkot village under Debhog police limits, police raided the place and arrested the smugglers. The cops have also seized two leopard hides from the possession of the accused.

“We have arrested two men, both from Kalahandi (Odisha), in connection with the smuggling of two leopard skins. Both are booked under sections of Wildlife Act and we are investigating,” said the superintendent of police (SP), Gariyaband, Bhojram Patel.

The estimated value of the hides is Rs 10 lakh, added Gariabandh SP.

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