KATHMANDU: Six persons, including a woman, have been arrested on charge of smuggling and trading in body parts of endangered wild animals in the last three days in Kathmandu.
Police have confiscated two leopard hides, a Jaguar skin and a red panda hide from the detainees.
The Central Investigation Bureau today said that it rounded up three individuals in possession of two common leopard hides from a guest house located at Gongabu-4.
Following a special tip-off, a team deployed from CIB nabbed Thaneshwor Neupane, 38, of Gulmi, Saraswati Gurung, 40, of Okhaldhunga and Mangale Tamang, 30, of Nuwakot, from the Lumbini Dhaulagiri Guest House, operated by Neupane, informed SP Suresh Bikram Shah.
According to SP Shah, two sets of leopard skin, with skull and tail intact, were seized. Both hides are 6.10 feet in length while they measured 1.6 feet and 1.8 feet in width respectively. The apex investigating body of the law enforcement agency today forwarded the trio to Kathmandu District Forest Office, Hattisar, for further prosecution.
In a separate operation on Tuesday, a team dispatched from the Metropolitan Police Circle, Singha Durbar, arrested Raju Raj Kunwar (Danuwar), 42, of Sindhuli who had a jaguar skin with skull and tail intact from Bagbazaar. The smuggler was caught with 6.3 feet long and 30 inch wide skin of the cat when he was searching for clients to sell the contraband, said police.
Similarly, a joint team deployed from the Metropolitan Police Crime Division and the Metropolitan Police Circle, Thimi, today detained two persons including Ram Kumar Nepali, 23, of Nuwakot for possessing a Red Panda hide from Lokanthali, Narephant in Bhaktapur.
The National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 1975, have prohibited the trade of wildlife and endangered species.
Anyone found trading the body parts of endangered species can face up to Rs 100,000 fine and 5-15 years jail sentence, as per the act.