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Poachers caught with 25 dead birds


OST Bureau
Balugan, Jan 18:

Forest officials of Balugaon Forest Division seized 25 dead migratory birds and arrested two poachers on Friday.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of forest officials arrested two persons from Majhi-Ora village and seized the dead birds from their possession.
The arrested duo, identified as Debaraj Behera (40) and Dukhishyam Behera (42) of Mangalajodi village under Tangi police station limits, were later forwarded to the court, said Balugaon ranger Ramachandra Sethi.

The state government has banned entry into 15.53 sqkm area of the Nalabana bird sanctuary during winter when lakhs of migratory birds land in the lagoon.

Besides Nalabana, migratory birds also gather at other parts of the lagoon.