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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Boudh, June 2:

The Odisha police today nabbed nine persons of a gang allegedly involved in elephant poaching.

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According to reports, the accused were arrested from a forested area this morning. Two tusks, three country-made firearms and a sharp weapon were seized from their possession.

During a combing operation by the District Voluntary Force (DVF) in Kandara-Kachapaju area under Puruna Katak police limits, the security personnel spotted these poachers in the forest.

“During a routine anti-Maoist operation inside the forest this morning, the security personnel found some people armed with lathis and weapons moving suspiciously inside the forest. The team immediately informed the Puruna Katak police station after which they latter rushed to the spot. A bag having two tusks cut into eight pieces, three country-made guns, gun powder and an axe were found during search,” Boudh SP B Gangadhar said

Of the nine arrested, three are from Boudh district and six from Narsinghpur area in Cuttack district, he added.

Later in the day, the arrested persons were forwarded to court.