DHANGADHI, June 6: A group of Young Communist League (YCL) members, the CPN-Maoist Maoist party affiliated youth organisation, seized tiger’s skin and skeleton from a shop in Kailali. The illegal items were kept in the hidden state at Lokendra Rawal’s shop.
With the initiatives of YCL Dhangadhi in-charge Rajkiran, 56 kg of tiger skin and skeleton was found. The items were wrapped in sacks.
Raj Kiran said the seized items were handed over to the District Forest Office in Kailali. As per the information provided by the DFO, the items were kept by a person Sonam Lama at the shop.
People said a Police Inspector at Malakjeti Police Post had seized the items earlier but he released the items after taking kickback from Lama. However, the Police Inspector Karki stated that the claim was baseless. Forest officials informed that rare tiger’s skin and skeleton are sold in high price in the international market.
Meanwhile, two trucks of illegal Khayar wood was seized by the YCL cadres in Sunsari district while it was smuggling from Sanischare forest area. Two loaded trucks with registration Na 2 Kha 2503 and Na 2 Kha 6609 were also handed over to District Forest Office (DFO) in Morang.
YCL Morang deputy coordinator Arjun Nepali said the seized wood was found in course of their regular monitoring. District Forest Officer Mirgendra Kumar Saraf said that the DFO was investigating about the incident. “We have been investigating over the incident. Most of the wood seems illegal,” Saraf said.