Two poachers with leopard skin arrested in Darjeeling
Siliguri, Jul 21 (UNI): Two poachers carrying the skin of an adult leopard have been arrested from Sukiapokahri on the Indo-Nepal border of West Bengal's Darjeeling district, forest department officials said today.
Pranesh Subba (27) of Ramji bustee and Anant Tamang (23) of Rangbang bustee were
detained early today by the forest department with the skin of a female leopard found in their procession.
The forest department maintained that the two had killed the leopard at Rangbang the Indo-Nepal border under Sukhia Pokhri block, about 35 km from here and buried the body of the leopard at Rangbang river about four months ago.
The forest department maintained that they had got a tip-off on this and had gone to the area and found these culprits. They maintained that the carcass of the leopard had been buried near Rangbang river where the skull of the leopard was recovered while the skin was taken to Ramji bustee.
The duo was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act Section 51. Under this Act, if a person is found guilty of poaching and hunting wild animals then they have to give a fine of Rs 25,000 and could get a sentence of about seven years.
The two will be handed to the police by the evening today and be forwarded to court tomorrow.