STF busts pangolin trading racket, 1 held

Cuttack: The Special Task Force (STF) of Crime Branch busted a pangolin trading racket from Biribati area in Cuttack district and have arrested one person in this connection.

The accused has been identified as Santosh Kumar Dalai of Gumutipur village in Dhiasahi of Jagatsinghpur district.

According to sources, a team of the Crime Branch rescued the animal from the accused while he was planning to sell it.

A case has been registered at STF police station under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC  R/W 51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.  was registered. The pangolin will be handed over to the authorities of Nandankan Zoo authorities.

Sources said, the Indian pangolin has been listed as ‘endangered’. Pangolins are often termed as the world’s most trafficked mammal. Their scales are used in traditional Asian medicine, particularly in China and Vietnam.

The animal’s scales are made of keratin, the same material that makes human fingernails and hair, and they have medicinal value. Pangolin meat is also considered to be a delicacy in some countries, and the scales are also used as jewellery and decorations for rituals.