Boudh, Apr 29: Continuing with its crackdown on wildlife traders in the State, the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch arrested a poacher from Bandhanjhuli under Manamunda Police Station and seized a leopard skin from his possession on Thursday.
Based on a tip-off, the STF officials raided the house of the accused identified as Mahendra located in Badalguda village in the morning.
During the search of the house the team came across a leopard skin and other incriminating materials to seize those.
The accused was charged under the relevant section of Wild Life Protection Act (1972) for possessing the leopard skin without a license.
The seized leopard skin will be sent to Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun for chemical examination, informed the STF.
Notably, the STF has seized as many as 13 leopard skins, 9 elephant tusks, 2 deer skins, 3 live pangolins and 5 kg of pangolin scales in last one year. 27 wildlife criminals have been arrested and a total 16 cases have been registered against them.