The Uttarakhand Police have recovered huge cache of leopard skin and body parts since the beginning of this year. Cops have seized 22 leopard skins and have arrested 14 people in since the beginning of this year. But even after stringent steps taken by wildlife authorities and the police, the smuggling of these body parts continues unabated.
"We feel the primary reason for this is high demand for leopard body parts in the international market," said Parag Madhukar Dhakate, Divisional Forest Officer, Nainital.
Police believes leopard's body parts are being smuggled through Nepal to other countries.
These hauls have triggered panic among the wildlife activists.