Bhubaneswar, Mar 23: The Special Task Force (STF) on Monday busted a wildlife smuggling racket and seized a leopard skin.
The team conducted a raid at Bonai Chhak, Barkote under Deogarh district about a deal of sale of leopard skin and arrested two accused. The accused have been identified as Somanath Patra and RajibLochan Patra, both residents of Salohi village in Deogharh district.
“The accused could not produce any valid authority in support of possession of the leopard skin. The seized leopard skin will be sent to Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun for chemical examination. Further investigation in the case is continuing,” said an official.