The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has sentenced 12 people to prison for killing rhinos and selling the rhino horn.
A division bench headed by Chief of CNP, Kamal Juing Kunwar, handed down the sentence.
They have been handed down prison sentences ranging from 10 years to 15 years and fines in the range of 50 thousand to 100 thousand rupees, the CNP office stated in a press release on Wednesday.
All the convicts are from Nawalparasi district. They are Amar Bahadur Gurau alias Yamlal, Mukti Gurau, Hiralal Mardaniya, Bishnu Bahadur Gurau, Bhojbir Rana, Narayan Mahato, Prem Mahato, Chhannuram Mahato, Buddhi Panjiya and Ghale Gurung of Pithauli, Ishwari Mahato of Kawasoti and Durga Rana of Kolhuwa.
Among them, Yamlal faces the highest sentence comprising 15 years imprisonment and Rs. 75,000 fine.
Nima Lama of Kathmandu who is absconding will be tried after his arrest, it is stated.