Mayurbhanj: Seven poachers were nabbed at Dubigarh Rajarani pond area under Kaptipada forest range in Mayurbhanj district by the Forest Department officials on Friday for their alleged involvement in poaching activities.
The officials also seized eight-kg meat of barking deer and five country-made guns from the poachers.
The poachers were identified as Sabala Tudu (32), Cham Soren (28), Narayan Murmu (28), Bhaj Marandi (29), Mirza Soren (35), Buka Marandi (60) and Girish Soren (50).
Acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of poachers in the forest area, a team of forest personnel conducted a raid and apprehended them.
The gang of poachers was actively operating in Similipal core area for the past few years, said the forest officials, adding that the accused persons will be forwarded to court today.