A Pangolin weighing 12 kg was recovered from the possession of a person by the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Police. The person identified as Mahadev Mutkia has been apprehended. The pangolin was later handed over to DFO Bargarh.
#WATCH | A Pangolin weighing 12 kg along with other incriminating materials were recovered from the possession of a person namely Mahadev Mutkia by Odisha Police CID-CB STF & Forest Officials of Bargarh Forest Division during their raid on April 1, near Bijadihi Chhaka under… pic.twitter.com/UgwebNoDwO— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2023
The STF and local Forest department representatives launched a raid near Bijadihi Chhak within the boundaries of Padmapur police station in the Bargarh district. According to officials, during the search, along with a live pangolin other incriminating materials were also recovered from Mutkia’s possession.
Six schedule lists under the Wildlife Protection Act (WPA) of 1972 offer differing levels of protection. All forms of unlawful commerce in the animals specified in Schedules 1-4, including poaching and smuggling, are forbidden. The trade and commerce of any animal listed in the Schedule are subject to rigorous regulations and is entirely prohibited.
According to the constitution, of India, wildlife protection and conservation are governed under the WPA, 1972. India is the first nation in the world whose constitution calls for environmental protection and conservation. The Wild Birds Preservation Act of 1887 was the first of its kind to be enacted by the British Indian Government.