Three arrested with tiger skin
25 Nov 2009, 1716 hrs IST, IANS
LUCKNOW: Three people were arrested with a tiger skin near the India-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district, officials said on Wednesday.
Raees Ahmad, Mohammad Naseem and Banarsi, all in their early 40s, were caught from Tulsipur area, some 200 km from Lucknow, in a joint operation by the police and the district forest officials.
Divisional forest officer V.P. Singh said: "The three have confessed that they work for a wildlife poaching racket that operates from Nepal and that the tiger was killed in a forest area in Nepal."
Police said the three men were involved in the racket for over seven years.
"They admitted they had clients abroad. They revealed they were taking the tiger skin to sell it to a leather merchant in Kanpur," a police officer said.
Tiger skins are sold as luxury items and are used for clothes and home décor, according to forest officials.