Smuggler arrested with 5 leopard skins, reveals links in Nepal
Aug 06, 2013, 14:28 PM IST
Chandigarh/Pithoragarh: A man has been arrested with five leopard skins and sent to jail. Gopi, a Punjab resident, was arrested on Sunday night under various sections of Wildlife Protection Act, said BS Almia, forest officer of Pithoragarh range, Uttarakhand. According to Almia, the smuggler, who has claimed to have purchased these skins from local persons in Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000, has relations with Kanjar groups, traversing in Himalayas in search of these hauls.
During probe, the smuggler revealed he had links with others involved in the trade at Kotdwar, Nepal and other parts of Himalayan region, the forest officer said.