HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police have rounded up four rackets of wildlife traders with as many rhino horns in the Kathmandu Valley in course of two months. As part of their crackdown on traders and smugglers of body parts of endangered wild animals, plainclothes police personnel on May 19 raided a rented room of Amin Miya (33) of Parsa in Siyuchatar and recovered a rhino horn after arresting Miya with 40 gm of brown sugar.
While on May 5, police arrested Tej BK (27) of Dang and Pramod Adhikari (20) of Lamjung with a rhino horn weighing 340 gm at Gongabu on May 5 while the two were talking with a client over the phone to sell the body part for two million rupees. The same day, Bishnu Tamang (54) of Nuwakot landed in police net with leopard hide in Balaju. On April 19, police held Ram Bahadur Gurung (36) and Keshav Bahadur Rokka (32) of Dhading, Rudra Bahadur KC (46) of Myagdi and Krishna Bahadur Dhital (52) of Gorkha with a 1.02 kg rhino horn measuring 9 cm in length. According to police, the four had teamed up to find wealthy clients after reaching an understanding to share Rs 2.4 million that they were supposed to get after selling it. On April 16, police nabbed Krishan Bahadur Khadka (34) of Dolakha and Kamala Shakya (48) of Kathmadu with a rhino horn weighing 763 gm, while they were ‘planning to sell it’ for Rs 3.1 million. National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975 states that anyone involved in poaching endangered wild animals and trading in their body parts faces a 15-year jail term and a fine of up to one lakh rupees.