Indo-Asian News Service. (2007, November 17). Three jailed for wildlife trafficking. The Earth Times. [Online]. Available: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/143684.html [2008, April 11].
India; enforcement; arrest; skins; trade; trafficking
A city court Saturday sentenced two Tibetans and a Nepali national to five years' rigorous imprisonment for wildlife trafficking.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Alok Aggarwal held Anand Tashi, Lobsang Phuntsok and Nepalese citizen Jeet Bahadur guilty of trafficking in wild life and besides jail term also handed them fine of Rs.10,000 each.
The three were held with 45 leopard skins and 15 other animal skins April 6 last year, from the Old Tibetan camp at Majnu ka Tilla. The police on a tip off from Wildlife Trust of India had conducted the raid.
The judge in his order observed: 'Keeping in view the incriminating and mitigating circumstances and the mandate of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, I am of the firm opinion that the accused persons should be jailed for a minimum of five years for committing the said offence.'