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Huge Haul After Nepal Poacher Held

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2006/02/05; February 5, 2006.]

Times Of India
February 05, 2006

New Delhi - Notorious international poacher and trader in illegal wildlife items, Tshering Nema, was arrested from Majnu Ka Tila in north Delhi on Friday evening and a huge cache of 34 freshly-tanned leopard skins and four otter skins were seized from him.

The raid was conducted by a team attached to Special Operations Group (SOG), Rajasthan Police, with the approval of the Delhi crime branch. A massive manhunt is on to nab two of Nema's accomplices who are believed to be hiding in the area. According to sources, the absconding criminals are in possession of more banned wildlife items, including tiger skins. "We had been trailing the accused for the past few months in connection with a poaching case", an official investigating the case said on condition of anonymity. "The seizure of the skins came as a bonus. We also arrested the driver of the car", he added.

The SOG team, led by DSP Prahlad Singh, had been camping in the Capital for several days, following leads generated in Rajasthan. According to officials, Nema is a Tibetan national based in Nepal and is one of the bigwigs in an international ring engaged in smuggling skins of tigers, leopards and otters to Tibet. He frequently visited Delhi and stayed in Majnu Ka Tilla.

According to police, the seized skins arrived in Delhi by goods parcel. They were well tanned, though still fresh, and folded nea tly like other skins coming from the Kanpur-Fatehur area. The leopard skins bore marks resembling a signature with a mixture of Tibetan and Chinese characters. The consignment was en route to Siliguri in West Bengal, to be then dispatched to the Tibetan Autonomous Region through Nepal. An air ticket to Siliguri has also been recovered from Nema.


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