Three Bhutan nationals were nabbed from India-Bhutan border town of Jaigaon in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district and five kg Keeda Jadi (cordyceps) or caterpillar fungus worth Nu 10 million in the international market.
Also called “Himalayan viagra”, is a fungus that grows as a parasite on a species of caterpillar found only in certain regions of the Himalayan range.
It is worth more than gold in China for its claimed medicinal benefits such as curing cancer, slowing ageing process and working as an aphrodisiac.
“Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) and forest officers of Hamiltonganj range nabbed Thimpu residents Chorten Namgyal, Dorjee Kheyang and Khombu Dorjee from Jaigaon.
The seized caterpillar fungus were handed over to the forest officials.