Friday, June 29, 2007

Nepal: Two held with leopard skin

By A Staff Reporter

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The Young Communist League (YCL) Wednesday handed over to the Department of Forest and to the police two persons allegedly involved in the theft of idol and in the smuggling of leopard skin.

The League's Kathmandu Valley bureau chief, Sagar at a press meet Wednesday said Jit Bahadur Gurung, 22, of Rasuwa district was involved in stealing of idol and Keshav Gurung, 19, of Syangja district was involved in smuggling of leopard skin. They were handed over to the concerned authorities with the goods seized.

Keshav was arrested in Trishuli with three leopard skins and Jit Bahadur was arrested with about three hundred-year-old idol of Lord Buddha from Samakhusi Kathmandu.

Both were caught red-handed three days ago after being tipped of their activities, Sagar added. He said the two were just middlemen and that the YCL was trying to catch the real culprits.

The two told the reporters that they were just involved in the theft and smuggling on commission and they did not know the real worth of those goods. They also said that they would help in finding the real criminals.

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