Jalpaiguri: The state forest department has arrested a man and recovered a leopard hide worth Rs 3.2 lakh in the market from Oodlabari in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district.
As per sources, the consignment was on its way to Bhutan to be delivered to agents in that country.
“We received information that a leopard skin was scheduled for transportation to Bhutan. Accordingly, a trap was laid and we intercepted the vehicle at Oodlabari,” said Belakoba forest range officer Sanjay Dutt.
According to Dutt, the arrested man has been identified as Ashish Chettri, son of Pradip Chettri, who is an IRBn official.
The leopard was probably killed about five days ago at Barapatabhung tea estate within Tukvar tea estate in Darjeeling, said sources.
The accused belongs to Darjeeling, as per sources.