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Ivory weighing 9 kg seized in Odisha

8/12/2021 at 5:06 PM

Balangir, Dec 8: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Crime Branch has arrested a wildlife smuggler and seized an elephant tusk.

The team conducted a raid at near Gudvela under Tusura police limits in Balangir district regarding illegal possession of elephant tusk. The accused has been identified as Bipul Bag, a resident of Tusura area.

“The accused could not produce any valid authority in support of the possession of the ivory. The tusk weighed around nine kilograms,” said an official.

Since 2020, STF has seized as many as 21 leopard skins, 12 elephant tusks, 2 deer skins, 8 live pangolins and 15 kg pangolin scales and arrested 48 wildlife criminals.

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