2 Elephant Tusks Seized In Sambalpur, 3 Detained

Bhubaneswar: Forest Department officials have seized two elephant tusks from a lodge in Sambalpur and detained three persons in this connection.

This was revealed by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Sambalpur Vishwanath Neelannavar at a presser in Sambalpur today evening.

The DFO informed that three persons have been detained in this connection.

According to Neelannavar, Forest Department officials got a tip-off that some men were planning to sell the tusks of two tuskers which were killed in Boudh area.

Following an investigation, Forest officials came to know that some men were negotiating with buyers at Basanti Lodge in Ainthapalli area of Sambalpur to sell the tusks of one tusker killed in Boudh.

Forest officials of Sambalpur and Boudh divisions conducted a joint raid at Basanti Lodge at 12.30 AM on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. A pair of tusks were seized and three persons were apprehended while two managed to escape.