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Fugitive poacher held after 5 years

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BARDIYA — Police on Wednesday arrested a fugitive poacher from Banbasa, on the Indian territory along the Nepal-India border, five years after the crime.

Acting on a tip-off provided by Indian authorities, a team led by DSP Pravin Pokhrel of of Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Lal Bahadur BK, who was involved in poaching Namobuddha, the country’s first tiger fitted with a Global Positioning System (GPS)— enabled satellite collar in Bardiya National Park (BNP).

BK also known as Raj Bahadur was on the run after killing Namobuddha in 2011.

BK was brought to BNP on Thursday morning for further investigation. It took one week for the CIB team to arrest BK with the support form Indian authorities.

“After the killing, BK had fled from Bardiya along with his family, and was working at the apple orchard in Shimla,” said Pokhrel.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Namobuddha was trans located from Chitwan National Park to Babai valley inside the BNP on January 22, 2011.

The carcass of Namobuddha was recovered from Narasoti inside BNP on May 18. Charred pieces of the GPS device were strewn around the site, while two dismembered cow carcasses were also found nearby and investigations revealed that the carcasses were poisoned and the Royal Bengal Tiger—protected in the BNP—died after consuming the poison-laced flesh.

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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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