Sunday, 1 July 2007

20 Indians held for wildlife trade

MAHENDRANAGAR, June 30 - Kanchanpur District Forest Office has arrested 20 Indians, including 10 women, on suspicion of their involvement in the smuggling of parts of endangered fauna.

Forest officer Debeshmani Tripathi said that they were arrested on a special tip-off from Indian security. Eight of the accused were arrested Thursday while the others were nabbed on Friday. Officials found parts of endangered species in the bags of the women as they entered Nepal via the Nepal-India border.

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