Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh, Jul 14:
In a major breakthrough, Bargarh police have busted an antelope horn smuggling racket and arrested eight persons and seized 31 horns from their possession.
Acting on a tip-off that antelope horns are being smuggled from the Debrigarh sanctuary in the district, a police team intercepted a vehicle and seized 21 antelope horns on Monday and arrested four persons identified as Prabir Sahu, Bidyadhar Gaur, Dikeswar Padaku and Srimat Pratha of whom two belong to Chhatisgarh while the other two are from Ambabhona in Bargarh district.
After getting information from the four arrested persons, police later raided a house near the sanctuary and arrested another four persons and seized 10 more antelope horns from their possession.
The accused would be handed over to the Forest department today, said Bargarh SP Ashish Kumar Singh.
“Under the Wildlife Protection Act, no person cannot collect any portion of a wild animal. We will take action against the accused as per the Act”, said SS Srivastav, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife Division.
It may be mentioned that the Forest officials had arrested two poachers from inside Debrigarh sanctuary on July 4 this year.