April 17, 2018 5:37 am
The accused have been identified as Kismatlal Marabi (30) and Korcha Marabi (24) — residents of Katani. The accused allegedly confessed that the leopard skin is old and has been treated so that it could be sold.
January 14, 2014 9:40 pm
The leopard population is already under threat due to the thriving illegal trade of skins and body parts.
February 17, 2016 9:30 am
Jalpaiguri, Feb 17 (ANI): Two men carrying leopard skin were arrested by forest officials in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. The forest officials formed a special team to catch the people involved in illegal wildlife trade. The leopard skin was to be sold to a party from Nepal and was found packed in a bag. Clouded leopards are rare in Bengal and are found mostly in Bhutan. Investigations were underway to crack down the smuggling racket. India’s leopards are under threat, with increasing numbers of the wild cats being poached for their body parts and villagers killing them for straying into human settlements.Wildlife experts say tiger and leopard parts are in great demand in China and other Asian countries.