CHITWAN, Feb 8: The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has been able to arrest a convicted rhino horn smuggler after 23 years of the crime. Krishna Prasad Neupane, 58, from Kalika Municipality-2 in the district had been absconding for such a long time.
Neupane was handed over 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 100,000 on February 7, 2001, for the crime.
He was arrested on January 21 and made public on Monday. The CNP administration arrested him from Phutung of Tarakeshwor Municipality-7 in Kathmandu. Neupane had been hiding in different places of the Kathmandu Valley for a long time.
Information Officer at the CNP, Ganesh Prasad Tiwari said that the arrested one tested positive for the coronavirus immediately after the arrest. After he recovered from the virus infection, he was sent to Bharatpur jail.
He was one among 12 persons convicted of smuggling rhinoceros' horn. They had killed a rhino and taken away the horn from Amrite Post of CNP on November 14, 1998.