Smug­gling racket busted

The Hindu - - NATION - Staff re­porter

The Odisha po­lice’s Crime Branch ar­rested four per­sons who were pre­par­ing to sell en­dan­gered pan­golin at Udala in Mayurb­hanj dis­trict on Fri­day night.

Udala is very close to the Sim­ili­pal Tiger Re­serve, spread over vast for­est ar­eas in north­ern Odisha.

“We are as­cer­tain­ing if a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional syn­di­cate is in­volved. The ac­cused are be­ing in­ter­ro­gated for their an­tecedents and links,” Spe­cial Task Force Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Satya­jit Naik said.

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