HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka today arrested two smugglers of rare wild species with a live Pangolin at Naya Basti, Bouddha.
Those arrested have been identified as Buddhiman Moktan (30) and Aryan Moktan (17) of Daduwa-1, Ramechhap.
SSP Jaya Bahadur Chand, MPR in-charge, said, “Buddhiman and Aryan were on their way to find prospective clients for the pangolin when they were held at around 1.30 pm based on a special tip-off.”
During interrogation, they told the police that they were planning to sell the animal for Rs 1,00,000.
“We captured the pangolin in a forest of our home district and brought it to Kathmandu for sale as some people said it can fetch us handsome money,” a source quoted Buddhiman as saying.
The pangolin seized from the duo weighs 12 kg.
According to police, pangolins are generally smuggled to China where it is used for meat and decorative purposes. Its scales are believed to have medicinal properties.
Chinese people believe that pangolin scales can heal swelling, increase blood circulation and help mothers produce milk.
Anyone involved in the trade of the conserved species could be slapped a fine of up to Rs 100,000 and 5-15 years jail term as provisioned in the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act-1973. Police said the duo and the pangolin would be handed over to the Kathmandu District Forest Office after an investigation.