C'garh: 2 held for trying to sell pangolin in Mahasamund

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Raipur, May 30 (PTI) Two people were arrested in Mahasamund in Chhattisgarh for allegedly trying to sell a pangolin, a scaly ant-eater that is completely protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, police said on Sunday.

Damru Sidar (39) and Nepal Sidar (35) were held on a tip off from a bridge in Temri village in Saraipali area on Saturday, Mahasamund Superintendent of Police Prafull Kumar Thakur told PTI.

'They were trying to sell a 3.5 feet long pangolin weighing 11 kilograms,' the official said.

The species is highly prized by wildlife smugglers due to a misconception that its body parts and scales etc are a cure for several diseases. PTI COR BNM BNM

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