| 45 Leopard
Skins seized in Delhi
is a copy of a Delhi Police press release.
International Gang of Smugglers of Wildlife
Date : 07, April’2005
With the arrest of (1) Anand @ Toshi
S/o Nyima Dorjee R/o B-238, Nehru Vihar, Timar Pur,
Delhi, (2) Lobsang Phuntsok S/o Tsring R/o H.NO. 165,
Old Camp, Majnu Ka Tilla, Timar Pur, Delhi and (3) Jeet
Bahadur Damang S/o Sahila R/o Johara Patti, Ward No.7,
Kathmandu, Nepal, North District Police has busted an
international racket indulging in illegal trade of wild
A secret information regarding illegal trafficking
of trophies of wild animals from Majnu Ka Tilla was
received in PS Timar Pur. On this information a team
led by Inspector T.R. Mongia and consisting of SI Suman
Kumar, HC Raj Singh, Ct. Jai Bhagwan, Ct. Rajbir, Ct.
Ram Phal and Ct. Chhotey Lal was constituted to develop
further information. A specific tip in this regard was
received on 6th April’2005 that three persons
in possession of trophies of wild animals can be apprehended
near pontoon bridge crossing on Outer Ring Road as they
were expected to pass through that side. Accordingly,
a trap was laid and the three persons were arrested
wit the trophies in their possession.
On search of their bags of accused Anand @ Toshi, Lobsang
Phuntsok & Jeet Bahadur, total of 59 trophies of
wild animals were recovered. These consisted of 45 Leopard
skins and 14 Otter skins. During interrogation they
confessed to their crime and disclosed that they were
given these trophies by one Shwang reportedly resident
of Nepal, who had told them that he had bought these
trophies from the men working for notorious poacher
Sansar Chand R/o Sadar Bazar, Delhi. A case has been
registered in this regard at PS Timar Pur under Wildlife
(Protection) Act, 1972.
These trophies were to be transported to Nepal. Shwang
had already left for Nepal and hunt is on to apprehend
him. Further investigation in the case is on.
PROFILES OF ACCUSED
1. Anand @ Toshi, aged 30 years is a resident of Nehru
Vihar, Timar Pur, Delhi & has studied upto 12th
standard. He is married. He has two brothers and one
sister. He has been engaged in the smuggling of trophies
for the last one year. He was arranging storage and
transportation of trophies to Nepal and was getting
Rs.5,000/- in lieu of his services.
2. Lobsang Phuntsok, aged 50 years is a resident of
Old Camp Majnu Ka Tilla, Timar Pur, Delhi and studied
upto 5th Class. He is living alone. He has been engaged
in the smuggling of trophies for the last 3-4 years.
In this case, he had stored the trophies at his accommodation
for a consideration of Rs.5,000/-.
3. Jeet Bahadur Damang, aged 30 years is the resident
of Kathmandu, Nepal and studied upto 8th class. He is
carried and has two children. He as been engaged in
the smuggling trophies for the last 7-8 years. He was
the carrier of these trophies to Nepal who would get
Rs.1000/- per piece after safe delivery at Kathmandu.
1. 45 Trophies of Leopard (reportedly worth Rs.36 lacs
approx. in international market.
2. 14 trophies of Otter (reportedly worth Rs.4 lacs
approx. in internationals market)
The team was led by Insp. T.R. Mongia, SHO/Timar Pur,
assisted by SI Suman Kumar and
1. HC Raj Singh
2. Ct. Jai Bhagwan
3. Ct. Rajbir
4. Ct.Ram Phal
5. Ct. Chhotey Lal.
The entire operation was conducted under close supervision
of Shri Rajan Bhagat, ACP/Civil Lines.
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE