Nepalese fugitive Lodu Dime, accused of smuggling body parts of tigers, has been arrested in Kathmandu following tip-off by National Central Bureau (Interpol)-India, an official said on Monday.
Dime, held at the Kathmandu airport on March 5, was sentenced by a Nepal court to five years in jail in connection with the seizure of seven sackfuls of tiger body parts on January 12, 2013.
The smuggler was absconding ever since.
Nepalese Police issued an Interpol Red Notice in February against Dime, which was circulated to all 192 member-countries by the Interpol Headquarters in Lyon in France.
The NCB-India spotted the smuggler at the the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on March 5 and tipped off Nepal authorities when he took a flight for Kathmandu.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), functioning under the central government's Personnel and Training Department, is designated as the NCB-India. The CBI Director is the ex officio head of NCB-India. All matters relating to the NCB-India are, however, dealt with by the Home Ministry.
InterPol Headquarters has congratulated NCB-India for prompt and effective action that led to the arrest of Dime.
In 2017, the NCB-India, on Interpol requests, located four fugitives wanted by Russia, Bangladesh, the USA and Uzbekistan for various offences. These fugitives were extradited to the countries where they were wanted.
The NCB-India also pursued proactively the Red Notice requests of various Indian law enforcement authorities and located 34 wanted fugitives abroad during 2017 and succeeded in getting them arrested.
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