Forest officials on Tuesday seized about 15 kg of venison and arrested a poacher from Batighar village on the fringes of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Kendrapara district. “Acting on information that poachers had hunted a spotted deer in the mangrove forest areas within the park, houses of suspected offenders were raided and the seizure was made,” Mahakalpada Forest Range Officer, Bijoy Kumar Parida said.
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One of the accused who is stated to be a member of a gang poaching deer and wild boar was arrested.
Other persons involved in the poaching were identified and search was on to arrest them, said forest officials.