Sunday, 11 September 2016

Trafficking tortoises and birds

Posted by Anup Baral September 11, 2016 :
Authorities on Thursday seized 109 tortoises and 162 birds of various species from a house in Ranibari, Kathmandu. A joint operation carried out by a team from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police and rescue officers deployed from the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) confiscated those reptiles and birds from Anil Shahi's house at Dakhsikalimarg of Ranibari. The rescue team also arrested Mohammad Usman of Patna, India, who has rented a room in Shahi's home. "We have rescued 109 tortoises and 162 birds from Usman's room and arrested him for further investigation," Bishwanath Rijal, a rescue officer at NTNC, said. Out of the 162 birds three are parrots, he said. All the rescued tortoises and birds have already been handed over to the officials at the Central Zoo at Jawalakhel.

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