Monday, December 18, 2006

14-yr term, fine for rhino horn smugglers

District Forest Office (DFO) has sentenced four rhino horn smugglers to 14-years imprisonment and fined them Rs 100,000 each.
However, only two of the accused are in custody, while the other two smugglers yet to be arrested.
A jury of forest officials led by DFO chief, Baburam Gurung on Tuesday slapped the jail term on the four--Kunga Tamang, Tashi Gurung, Bal Bahadur Gurung and Tilak Bahadur Thing--all of Khaireni VDC-4 of the district. According to DFO sources, Tilak and Bal Bahadur are still at large.
The other two were arrested from Narayangadh five years ago in possession of a rhino horn. The sentencing is the "greatest" decision by the DFO in the history of Chitwan National Park (CNP), claimed the DFO source.
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