Seven persons have been arrested for allegedly hunting inside the Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Orissa, officials said on Friday.
The men were nabbed from two different places inside the sanctuary on Tuesday, Nuapara divisional forest officer (wildlife) Santosh Kumar Banchhor said.
The group had trespassed into the sanctuary, about 60 km from Nuapara (Orissa), through the gate at Kholi around 11 pm on February 5.
They forcibly locked the forest guard Gouri Sankar Sunani in a room as he had refused to open the gate, Banchhor said.
However, the guard broke open the window of the room in which he was locked and managed to reach Komna police station and register his complaint.
When the police entered the sanctuary, the trespassers on seeing them fled leaving their vehicle, which had developed some snags, behind, he said.
Later in the day four of them were arrested from Khariar and the rest from Balangir under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act.
Located in a plateu, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 356.40 sq km out of which 245.60 sq km is marked as core area and has registred increase in wildlife population, the DFO said.