Special Task Force rescued Pangolin from two Smugglers

A team of special task force (STF) sleuths Saturday rescued a pangolin, seized pangolin scales weighing 5.065 kilogram and arrested two wildlife smugglers from Rajakothi area in Sonepur in this connection. The officials also seized several other incriminating materials from the accused men, a source said. They were produced in a local court Sunday. Acting on a tip-off from a reliable source pertaining to the sale of a live pangolin and scales, the team conducted a raid at the place and nabbed the smugglers. In this connection, a case (STF PS Case No-26/17-10-2020) was registered under sections 379/411 of Indian Penal Code r/w and Section 51 of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The live pangolin will be handed over to the forest department and the scales will be sent to Wildlife Institute of India for medical examination.

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