The STF of Odisha Crime Branch has arrested one wildlife criminal and recovered a leopard skin, among other incriminating materials from him.
STF sources here said, based on reliable information, an STF team conducted a raid near Ranipathar village under Puruna Katak police station limit in Boudh district on Saturday.
During the search, one wildlife criminal identified as Goutam Behera was apprehended, and one leopard skin was recovered from him.
Behera was arrested under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and forwarded to the JMFC court in Harbhanga.
The leopard skin seized from him will be sent to the Director Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, for biological examination, STD sources said.