BHUBANESWAR: In a serious haul, a joint group of Dhenkanal Forest Division and Wildlife Crime Management Bureau (WCCB) Central Area seized 14.2 kg pangolin scales from Damodarnali space of Kapilash vary in Dhenkanal district and arrested two individuals on Sunday.
DFO Prakash Chand Gogineni mentioned the scales had been seized on the premise of the intelligence enter from the WCCB. This is without doubt one of the largest seizures of pangolin scales within the Dhenkanal division to this point.
He mentioned accused Ratnakar Rout (51) and Firoj Khan (52), each from the Dhenkanal city, had saved the pangolin scales at a godown in Banasinga space of Sarangi vary within the division.
Appearing on the intelligence enter, a joint group of Dhenkanal Forest Division and WCCB Central Area, Jabalpur posing as prospects struck a cope with the smugglers and apprehended them with the scales at Damodarnali space of Kapilash vary on Saturday night time.
The quantity of scales recovered from the 2 accused provides a transparent indication that at the very least six to seven pangolins have been illegally hunted, Gogineni mentioned.
He mentioned from preliminary investigation it has come to mild that the duo was accumulating scales from poachers inside Dhenkanal and close by areas. They, nonetheless, had not been in a position to promote it as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
The joint group has seized a two-wheeler and two cell phones from their possession.
“We’re analyzing their contact particulars to seek out out others concerned on this unlawful commerce and operation,” the DFO mentioned.
After Covid take a look at, the duo can be produced in Court docket the place the Dhenkanal division will search their remand for additional investigation.
That is the largest seizure of pangolin scales within the state since June this 12 months.
On June 11, the particular job power of Crime Department had additionally seized pangolin scales weighing 4.82 kgs from Balichua village in Mayurbhanj district and had arrested one Suren Prusty.