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2 poachers arrested in Athagarh; deer meat seized

Athagarh, Feb 19: Busting a wildlife racket, the Athagarh forest officials arrested two poachers today.

The arrestees have been identified as Pradeep Kumar Sahu and Pabitra Mangual. The forest personnel also seized deer meat from their possessions.

Sources said a team of foresters led by Khuntuni Ranger Maguni Charan Behera had been keeping eye on these poachers since days.

A Athagrah forest official said that the duo have been killing deer in the forest since seven months and have selling its meat at cost of Rs 350-400 per kg. The arrestees, who are habitual offenders, have killed more than 1000 deer and sold its meat and skin in the market, the official added.

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