HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police today nabbed fugitive Tenzing Gurung aka Kalu Manange, from Mhepi, for his involvement in trading in rhino horns.
He had been sentenced to 15 years in prison and a fine of Rs 100,000 for poaching and trading in body parts of endangered wild animals under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act-1973 on June 20, 2010. Gurung (62) had been on the run ever since.
He was convicted on evidences produced by three other convicts — Hari Bahadur Bishwokarma, Hiralal Lopchan and Ramesh Chandra Pokharel — that the trio had sold a horn of rhino they had killed on the premises of the National Park in 1997.
According to police, he used to work as an intermediary between poachers and prospective buyers as well. He has been handed over to the National Park.
Earlier, he was arrested on charge of smuggling contraband abroad in October 2010 and
was released on bail.