Bolangir: The railway protection force (RPF) of Bolangir district seized at least 500 pigeons being smuggled to Kalahandi and arrested two persons in this connection on Saturday.
The accused persons have been identified as Nandakishore Durga (70) and his son Dhaniram Durga (40) of Tambachoda village in Kalahandi district. They were arrested from Bolangir railway station.
According to sources, the father-son duo was travelling to Kalahandi by Samaleshwari Express from Bolangir for selling the pigeons.
“We were taking these pigeons to the famous Manikeshwari Devi festival in Kalahandi. All those pigeons were brought from Ulberia Bazar of West Bengal,” said accused Dhaniram.
“As per Section 51 of The Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, no one can trade wild animal or bird in the country and the father-son duo was apprehended with the seizure of 500 pigeons, which were illegally traded from West Bengal,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Sameer Satpathy.
The RPF later handed over the pigeons to forest officials for further investigation while the accused persons involved in the illegal trade have been forwarded to a court, sources said.
In a related development, the RPF of Dhenkanal and its Crime Intelligence Branch of Khurda Road during a joint raid arrested one person in connection with carrying of four gunny packets of ganja.
Acting on a credible source, the RPF team raided a shop at Refugee Colony at Kunjakanta of Dhenkanal and arrested the key accused who was carrying the gunny bags of contraband.
The cops have seized four gunny packets of contraband goods (Ganja) weighing about 160kg worth Rs 80,000 from the accused person’s possession.
The arrested person is the mastermind of the illegal transportation of contraband items who was running these activities with the help of his younger brother. The RPF has forwarded the person to SDJM Court in Dhenkanal for further course of action.