BHUBANESWAR: The particular job pressure (STF) of Odisha Crime Department right here on Friday issued a helpline quantity (9439263646) to obtain data on wildlife crime within the state.
“We is not going to disclose the names of the informers. If their data results in the rescue or restoration of untamed animals/ their physique elements, and arrest of the accused, they’d be appropriate rewarded,” J N Pankaj, the deputy inspector basic of the STF, stated.
Although the STF’s job is to curb organised crimes within the state, the safety of the endangered wildlife species and crackdown on wildlife smugglers have remained their focus areas.
“We’ve been launching particular drives at common intervals. The STF has seized 12 leopard skins, six elephant tusks, pores and skin of two deer, rescued two dwell pangolins and recovered 5 kg of pangolin scales from completely different districts within the final one 12 months. Altogether 24 wildlife criminals have been arrested and 13 circumstances registered in the course of the one 12 months,” Pankaj stated.
On Friday, the STF arrested two poachers from Bolagada in Khurda district and seized a leopard pores and skin from their possession. The accused had been recognized as Sudhir Behera and Subash Chandra Behera, each residents of Nayagarh district. They had been planning to strike a cope with one other smuggler after they had been caught. The seized leopard pores and skin can be despatched to the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun for chemical examination.
Earlier on March 27, the forest officers had arrested six individuals, together with a lady in Bhubaneswar, for allegedly smuggling snake venom. Practically two litres of the venom was seized from them.
The Crime Department had additionally just lately requested SPs to stay vigilant on social networking websites and e-commerce portals, coping with organs of wildlife animals. The instruction had come following the arrest of a person from Laxmisagar in Bhubaneswar in July 2017 for the alleged on-line sale of wildlife merchandise to overseas nations.