Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Feb 22:

Forest department seized two elephant tusks from Jujomura area in Sambalpur District of Odisha last night and arrested five persons in this connection.

Weight of the two seized tusks was around 12 kg, the police said.

According to Sambalpur forest department, the department had a tip-off regarding operation of an elephant poaching and tusk smuggling racket by some people who were trading tusks outside the state.

Acting on the tip-off, forest officials conducted raids in Kansar village under Jujomura police limits in the district and seized two elephant tusks with arrest of five persons.

The tusks were collected from Kisinda jungle and hidden at the backyard of a dhaba.

The arrested have been identified as Sudipta Tapno, Sahil alias Bhutunga Tapno, Dinesh Har, Sudam Pradhan and Salegram Pradhan.

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