Two outstanding policemen of Nepal received the 'Asia Environmental Enforcement Award' at a programme today.

Those receiving the award are Inspector Sudarshan Panthi and ASI Birendra Singh Johari working under the Crime Division (Environment and Wildlife Crime-Pillar 4) of Central Investigation Bureau.

Deputy Inspector General of Nepal Police Sahakul Bahadur Thapa handed over the award at a programme organised at the Central Investigation Bureau. The award was announced under UN Environment Programme virtually last month in recognition of the policemen's contribution to control interstate environment crimes.

DIG Thapa congratulated the police officers and said the award had boosted their morale and elevated Nepal Police's image in the international arena. They were successful in arresting notorious wildlife criminal Kunjok Chhiring Tamang aka Kunjok Lama, 50, hailing from Humla, from Bauddha, Kathmandu, on 25 June 2020. With the arrest, the police had handed over Tamang to Langtang National Park, Rasuwa.

Tamang was facing a legal case filed in Rasuwa district and was absconding since 1 September 2005 for his involvement in poaching and possessing huge amount of body parts of Bengal tiger, leopard and other animals.

He was the mastermind behind the crime. Earlier, the Bureau had received the same award in 2018 too.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.