Live Pangolin Rescued in Khordha, 2 Arrested

Khordha: A joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and Forest officials has rescued a live Pangolin in Odisha’s Khordha district. The team has also arrested two people in connection with this.

The arrestees were identified as  Sadhucharan Mohanty and Kasti Kadraka from Cuttack district.

After receiving clues on wildlife smuggling, the officials conducted a raid near the Khurda-Jatni bypass and arrested the smugglers. They have also seized other incriminating materials from them.

A case (28/22) has been registered under U/s 379/411/120(B) IPC r/w. Sec.51 of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. The Live Pangolin was handed over to DFO, Khordha for safe custody.

The Indian pangolin (Maniscrassicaudata), also called thick-tailed pangolin, scaly anteater, and ‘Bajrakapta’ in Odia is a solitary, shy, slow-moving mammal. It is a schedule-I protected animal under the Wild Life Protection act, 1972.

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