Dhenkanal: The Muktapashi forest section officials of Kamakshyanagar western range in the district here have arrested a poacher and have also seized a gun, live ammunition, hand-made bomb, axe and a bike form his possession.
The arrested hunter has been identified as Somnath Sahu of Jautukapashi village under Parjang Police Station (PS) limits.
Muktapashi section forester Chandrasekhar Behera informed that the night patrolling team comprising ranger Bibhudanand Mishra, Behera himself and other staff were able to catch hold of the poacher while his accomplice could manage to flee the spot. The incident took place around 10 pm last night.
Similarly in another case, Kamakshyanagar eastern ranger Satyanarayan Sahu also arrested one Ishwar Sahu of Koi village as Ishwar was caught red-handed when he was illegally felling trees in the Ranjagarh Reserve Forest for building his personal house.
Both the arrested persons first underwent Covid test and were later forwarded to the court.