Special Task Force recovers two pangolins in eastern India, two arrested
Location Sonepur, Odisha, India. Date: 2023-05-17
Two persons were arrested for allegedly trading protected wildlife, two live pangolins were rescued from their possession in eastern India’s Odisha.
The incident took place in Sonepur district on May 17.
Visuals showed two pangolins moving around in a room.
According to the officials, the accused have been identified as Bedabyasa Dharua (41) and Nabadeep Dharua (29).
“During the search, two live pangolins weighing 7 kg and 3 kg respectively were recovered and the accused were arrested after they could not prove any authority in support of the possession of the endangered species,” added IG Pankaj.
As per IG Pankaj, the pangolins have been handed over to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sonepur for safe custody.
Further investigation is underway.