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Odisha STF rescues pangolin, one held

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Bhubaneswar, Feb 13 (PTI) The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police rescued a pangolin from Bargarh district and arrested a wildlife smuggler for his involvement in wildlife trade, an official said on Tuesday.

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Acting on reliable information, an STF team with the help of Bargarh forest division officials on Monday conducted a raid on the Ambabhona-Dunguri road near Budhipalli Chhak in Bargarh district and rescued the pangolin, the STF official said.

Following the raid, the STF registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and arrested Jagadish Minz (41), a native of Ambabhona in the western Odisha district.

Pangolin is a schedule-I protected animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. PTI BBM BBM RG

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