Indian man held with endangered tiger’s hide, bones

- BHAWANI BHATTA, Kanchanpur
Indian man held with endangered tiger’s hide, bones

Jan 20, 2015-

In yet another incident of smuggling of the animal parts, an Indian national has been arrested for possession of endangered tiger’s hide and bones from the district.

Police arrested Anuj Kumar Pandey, a resident of Lakhimpur in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, with a hide and around 19 kg bones of tiger from Belauri-1 in the district on Monday night. The security personnel also seized two country-made pistols from Pandey. The suspected smuggler was detained while he was entering into Nepal.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team from the Regional Police Office detained 23-year-old Pandey while he was coming to Nepal to smuggle the endangered animal parts. The seized hide of endangered tiger is about eight feet long and two feet wide. The seized parts were handed over to the District Forest Office on Tuesday.

According to Sub-Inspector Birendra Johari, Pandey smuggled the tiger’s parts into Nepal to sell them at a price of Rs 1.2 million. Johari said three others involved in the smuggling are currently on the run and a manhunt has been ensued to nab them. During the police interrogation, the Indian national informed that the seized parts were of a tiger that was poached in Pilbhit area in India.

Last week, police seized a hide and 18 kg bones of tiger from Dodhara in the district. One Dulal Mandal involved in the smuggling informed the police that the smuggled animal parts belonged to a tiger that was also poached in Pilbhit. According to Mandal, some 65 tigers have been killed in the forests of Pilbhit area in recent times.

A police source said that the animal parts have been smuggled to Tibet in China, from India via Nepal lately. Tiger parts are used for medicinal purposes in China.

n The hide and bones of endangered tiger were seized from an Indian man in Belauri-1 of the district. Post Photo

Published: 21-01-2015 09:19

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