The accused persons have been identified as Kailash Khosala of Kalahandi and Chaitanya Bhatra of Nabarangpur district.
On the basis of reliable information, STF team conducted raid on the service road of NH-16 i.e. in between Gurujanga-Pitapalli, Khordha about transporting and deal of sale of live Pangolin by wild life criminals this morning as a result of which the accused persons were apprehended.
During the search, one live pangolin, one TATA Indigo car bearing Regd No. OD 24 A 5569 and other incriminating materials were seized from their possession.
As the accused persons could not produce any valid authority in support of possession of live pangolin, the accused persons have been arrested and will be forwarded to the court, a STF official said.
The live Pangolin will be handed over to DFO, Khordha Wild Life Warden for safe custody, he added.