The Parsa National Park office has filed a case against 49 people including two province lawmakers involved in wildlife poaching.
The office filed the case against Province lawmaker Pramod Kumar Jayaswal of Parsa 3 (A), Province lawmaker Shyam Khadka of Kathmandu 5 (B), former chairman of Sakhuwa Prasauni Rural Municipality of Parsa Pradeep Jayaswal among 49 people on January 21.
Though province lawmaker Jayaswal was elected as an independent lawmaker, he joined the Janata Samajbadi Party a few days ago.
Khadka is an elected lawmaker from the Nepali Congress. Former rural municipality chairman Jayaswal is also a leader of the Janata Samajbadi Party.
The Jayaswal duo are brothers.
Surya Khadka, Information Officer at the Parsa National Park said that a case has has been filed against province lawmakers Jayaswal duo and Khadka, former rural municipality chairman Jayaswal and Sanjeeb Shahi in accordance with the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act 2029 (27) concluding that they played the role of accomplices in wildlife poaching.
Khadka said that they will be sentenced to half of the punishment meted out to the offenders.
There is a provision to punish the offenders with a fine of Rs 20, 000 to 50, 000 or imprisonment of six months to one year or both.