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Police nabs Yarshagumba looters

Yarshagumba has rapidly become the principal source of income for the ancient, yak-based culture of the Himalayas, which had survived for centuries in one of the most extreme environments on Earth with a virtually cash-free economy. The price of yarsagumba has increased twenty-fold in just a few years, to the point that it is now worth nearly its weight in gold, retailing for $1250 an ounce in Hong Kong for premium grade. Yarsagumba grows in the high Himalayas, just below the snowline, and can only be collected for a few weeks in the summer. Bagarchap, Manang, Nepal.

RUKUM: Police arrested three youths from Gotamkot of Rukum district on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a looting case. The youths have been charged of looting Rs 1.5 million from two Yachagumba collectors.

The arrested are Yadunath, 28 and Dipendra Bhandari, 19, of Gotamkot VDC ward-5, and Pashupati Budha, 22, of Syalakhadi VDC ward-7 of the district.

The three have been charged of looting the amount from Shiva Pun of Narching VDC of Myagdi and Kisan Ghartimagar of Taman VDC of Baglung.

Deputy Superintendent of Police. Kisan Singh Thapa said investigation into the case is underway. RSS

Published Date: Friday, July 20th, 2012 | 12:08 AM

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