Police in Nepal police arrest 14 for poaching rhinos
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Police in Nepal have arrested 14 rhinoceros poachers including the alleged mastermind of a cross-border smuggling ring, a national parks official said on Monday.
Mr Tikaram Paudel, an official at the Chitwan National Park which is home to most of the country's rhinos, said police arrested Buddhi Bahadur Praja, the alleged kingpin of a network extending from Nepal to China's Tibet, in mid-September.
His arrest in the popular tourist city of Pokhara helped authorities uncover a network of poachers, said Mr Paudel.
"He would supply the rhino horns to Kathmandu-based smugglers who would supply them to Tibetans," he said.