Smuggled pashmina wool seized in Himachal

Shimla, Sep 6: Two truckloads of prized pashmina wool have been seized in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, close to the China border, police said Tuesday.

Over 5,000 kg of pashmina wool was seized from Kharo near Reckong Peo Monday, Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar told IANS.

He said the wool was smuggled into India from China.

‘Since pashmina wool is not available in the region, it was smuggled from across the border,’ he added.

He said the truck drivers did not have any permit and documents to carry the pashmina wool, which comes from the Himalayan mountain goat, found primarily in high-altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Tibet.

‘Some locals of Pooh village (located close to the border) have been zeroed in as the masterminds of the smuggling,’ Kumar added.

Himachal Pradesh shares a porous border with China and police say smuggling of rare species of fauna and Chinese goods like blankets and thermos flasks across the border is quite frequent.