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Two Indians arrested for carrying Himalayan herb Yarsagumba

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Two Indian youths were arrested in today for allegedly possessing protected medicinal herb Yarsagumba, also known as Himalayan Viagra.

A joint team of Police and Armed Police Force apprehended the two youths with 100 grams of Yarsagumba hidden inside their pocket in Khalanga, district headquarters of Darchula.

The two youths -- Amit Nagyal, 19 and Mannu Rathore, 17 -- were heading to Khalanga of Darchula district in from Dharchula in when they were arrested during a security check, police said.

The prized herb is known for its aphrodisiac properties and its transportation, trading and selling is punishable under

The two youths have been sent to the Apinampa Conservation Office for further investigation.

According to Conservation Officer Pemba Sherpa, the duo would be charged against the National Park and Wild Life Reserve Act 1973.

Half, plant and half insect herb Yarsagumba with scientific name Cordyceps Sinensis is found in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 20:32 IST