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Four arrested for leopard poaching in Debrigarh sanctuary

Bargarh: Forest department today arrested another person in connection with the poaching of leopard whose carcass was recovered in Debirgarh sanctuary in Bargarh district last month. With the fresh arrest, the number of arrested accused went up to four. They all are native of Khajuria village.

The forest officials also seized seven leopard claws from their possession. Yesterday, three persons were arrested from the same village.

The decomposed carcass of the animal was recovered from the forest last week. Initially, the corpse was suspected to be of a royal Bengal tiger, but later Forest and Environment Minister Bijayashree Routray clarified that it was leopard.

The skeletons of the animal have been sent to Wildlife Institute in Dehradun for examination after which the reason of the death would be clear.

On October 31, the Bargarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) suspended two forest officials including Kamagaon forester Parsuram Behera and forest guard of Hajuripada, Prabhasini Mahanand for dereliction of duty in connection with the poaching case.

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