A joint team of the Conservation Care Society Wildlife Trust (CCSWT) and Chhattisgarh Forest Department on Monday arrested an Odisha based wildlife smuggler for allegedly trying to sell a rare species of pangolin on the borders of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Arun Pandey said that the arrested accused identified as Damru Bhatra had possessed the pangolin and he was trying to sell it.
Meetu Gupta of CCSWT got a tip off that a wildlife smuggler had kept a pangolin at a village Sarsopadar on bordering Odisha and was trying to sell it.
Meetu fixed the deal with the wildlife smuggler for buying the rare species at Rs 13 lakh.
A team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (Jagdalpur) involved in the plan convinced the accused to take them to the place where he had kept the pangolin.
The accused Damru who was accompanied by accomplice Paklu, sensed something fishy in the deal and tried to escape. Paklu managed to escape while Damru was arrested.