| Shahtoosh Seizure in
18th August, 2004
smuggling trade point for wildlife products and narcotics
is in the news again. On 16 August 2004, approximately
16 kg of raw shahtoosh wool were seized by the police
in this remote Uttaranchal town near the Indo-Nepal
According to information received by the Wildlife Protection
Society of India (WPSI), a police party of five constables,
led by Sub-Inspector Udaiveer Singh stopped a refrigerated
van for a routine check as it was heading out for Delhi.
The driver was arrested when shahtoosh wool was found
in the van.
It is believed that the shahtoosh was hidden among
66 kg of pashmina, which were kept in the container
of the refrigerated vehicle. The van was used to carry
food for the employees of a multi-national construction
company working on the Dhauliganga Hydro-electric Project.
During interrogation, the driver revealed that the
seized shahtoosh belonged to a local trader, who is
now absconding. Interestingly, it appears that this
trader is the nephew of a senior Forest officer from