Pressure on Indian govt for hearing of two Czec nationals

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Darjeeling, Jul 10 (UNI) Pressure was mounting on the Indian government to hear cases of two Czec Republic nationals, arrested from the Sinhalila National Park, a biodiversity hotspot, here for alleged violation of Wildlife Act on June 22.

Czec entomologists Petr Svacha (51) and Emil Kucera (52) had been languising in Darjeeling jail since their arrest as the lawyers had been on strike since June 25.

The two foreigners had been in jail custody after their arrest for unauthorised collecting butterflies, insects and other endangered species from the protected park. They had collected a large number of endangered and rare butterflies, beetles, larvae, months and other species procted under Wildlife Act.

Darjeeling Bar Association president Tarang Pandit today told UNI that he had received an e-mail yesterday from the Czec embassy to do something for hearing bail pertion of the two accused.

He said he had already spoken to his colleagues to see what can be done for judicial proceeding for two foreigners lodged in Darjeeling jail.

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