Kandhamal: A team of the Odisha Crime Branch Special Task Force (STF) on Monday arrested two persons for trying to sell a leopard skin at Khajuripada village under Khajuripada police station limits in Odisha’s Kandhamal district.
The arrested accused have been identified as Sujit Rajaswadip and Dhananjay Behera, residents of Arapaju village under Khajuripada police station limits in Kandhamal.
During the search one leopard skin and other incriminating materials were recovered from their possession. As the accused could not produce any authority to possess such leopard skin, they were taken into custody and a case (8/2023) has been registered under Sections 379, 411, 120(B) of IPC and Section 51 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
They will be forwarded to the Court of SDJM, Phulbani, while the skin will be sent to Director WII, Dehradun, for biological examination, said officials.