Tiger skin seized, three arrested in Nepal; Nepal to sign MOU with India

by Akanshya Shah | Republica

KATHMANDU, July 28: A tiger skin, 8 feet 7 inches by 7 feet 7 inches, was seized in Bhaktapur on Wednesday.

Police arrested three individuals — Rahul Shahi, 18, and Raju Shahi, 26, who are residents of Golmathe, Ward no 7, Bhaktapur district, and Manoj Kapali, 30, of Panauti , Kavre district — along with the tiger skin.

The investigation team involved in the seizure was led by Wildlife Conservation Nepal (WCN) and supported by Bhaktapur district police.

WCN said the arrests were made while the three were trying to sell the tiger skin. The arrested are under custody at Bhaktapur District Police Office for further investigations.

MoU with India on Thursday

After a long-drawn exercise, Nepal is signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India on curbing illegal trade in animal parts and on other conservation initiatives between the two countries.

The MoU will be signed on Thursday, Forest Minister Deepak Bohara told myrepublica.com.

“After the MoU with China in June, we were working hard to enter into a similar agreement with India and the time has finally come for that,” Bohara said.

The MoU will be signed by Satya Prakash Yadav, Deputy Inspector General of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) of India, and Nepal´s Director General of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Gopal Prasad Upadhyay.

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