STF & Forest Dept Bust Ivory Smuggling Racket, 5 Arrested

Balasore: The Special Task Force (STF) of the State Crime Branch and Forest Department personnel have busted an ivory smuggling racket with the arrest of five miscreants from Khaira and Oupada areas of the district on Saturday night.

In a joint operation, the STF and local Forest Range personnel backed by Khaira police raided an undisclosed location in Khaira area on Saturday night.

Total 10 pieces of elephant tusk were recovered from the location and five persons reportedly assosicated with the racket arrested, a senior police official said.