2 held with meat of rare species from Kaski

POKHARA: Police on Friday nabbed two persons with raw meat of two rare wildlife species from Kapuche of Annapurna Conservation Area in Kaski district.

Meng Lama (40) and Krishna Tamang (25), permanent residents of Dhading and currently residing in Machhapuchre VDC of Kaski, were arrested with the raw meat of Himalayan tahr and two piura birds.

Both the species are on the verge of extinction.

Acting on a tip-off, police had reached their residence to search for loaded guns.

Upon reaching there, they neither found the duo nor the weapons. Later, while heading towards the forest area, police caught them with the bag full of raw meat.

The duo had tried to escape the site leaving the bag behind after seeing police, the law enforcers claimed.

Both Lama and Tamang admitted killing the species using the loaded gun around three days ago.

Inspector Kishor Lamsal, Chief of Ward Police Office, said, “The culprits have been handed over to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for further action.”

Rishi Dhakal, Liaison Officer of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, said that the duo had been taken under custody and further investigation is underway.