Tuesday February 27 2007 10:30 IST
NAYAGARH: Forest officials seized three leopard skins, a country-made pistol and arrested two from Daspalla area bordering Phulbani district on Sunday.
The Daspalla forest range staff and Nayagarh DFO Sudarsan Behera received information about a gang trading in animal skins with the inter-State smugglers.
The forest officers later laid a trap and two officials arrested them at Banigochha area. The DFO said that the skins recovered from them were well-tanned and estimated to be worth over Rs 1 lakh in the international market. One of the leopard skins measured eight feet and others over a foot.