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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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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.

The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.

Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.

The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.

The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.

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