Live pangolin in Bargarh; wildlife smuggler detained

The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police arrested one Mahadev Mutkia of Gandapalli village under Paikamal police station limits in the district and recovered a live pangolin from his possession on Sunday.

The pangolin, weighing 12 kg, was seized from Mahadev Mutkia, a resident of Gandapalli under Paikamal police limits. Other incriminating materials were also seized from his possession, sources said.

The accused person could not produce any valid documentation in support of possessing a live pangolin. He was detained and later handed over to Padmapur Forest officials.

The pangolin was handed over to DFO Bargarh for safe custody. Inquiry is going on, said the STF officials.

Incidentally, members of the STF recovered two live pangolins and arrested two wildlife smugglers in the Boudh district on March 22. The arrested were identified as Uchhab Kanhar and Prasant Kumar Behera of Jamukhol village under Baghiapada police station limit in Boudh district.

During a search, two numbers live pangolins weighing around 13kg each along with other incriminating materials were recovered from their possession.

Noteworthy, the pangolin is a Schedule-I protected animal under the Wild Life Protection act, 1972.

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