NAWALPARASI/CHITWAN: Police on Wednesday arrested retired General of Nepal Army Sagar Shumsher JB Rana (70) and two of his friends—one retired Subedar and another incumbent captain in the army —on the charge of poaching wild animals from a community forest in the buffer zone of the Chitwan National National Park in Nawalparasi district.
Locals had held retired Gen Rana, retired Subedar Sitaram Karki and Catain Baladev Kunwar who is posted at the Danda-based Bajradal Battalion along with lethal weapons used in the crime and poached wild fowls and red deer at the Namuna Community Forest at 6 am today morning. They were subsequently handed over to the police.
Rana hails from Kupondole in Kathmandu and Karki is a resident of Agyauli of Nawalparasi district.
They were held by the locals and forked out to the Kawasoti Area Police, Jhamak Bahadur Kark, a Conservation Officer at the Chitwan National Park, said.
The high-profile poacher and his friends had driven into the community forest at Pithauli in a vehicle (Ba 2 Cha 4354) at 5 a.m.
Captain Kunwar claimed that Rana and Karki asked them to join them in the morning walk and killed the deer abruptly.