Joshimath, Uttarakhand: Police in Uttarakhand has seized rare Keeda Jadi (also known as Himalayan Viagra) worth Rs 13 lakh from two persons in the state. The rare herb is found in the high-altitude areas of Uttarakhand. About 875 grams of the rare herb was recovered in Joshimath area in Chamoli district on Thursday. Both individuals have been arrested by the police.
According to the TOI report, the individuals arrested have been identified as Durga Bahadur Sahi and Veer Bahadur Rokamagar, both from Nepal. The police team also seized Rs 97,000, which was found from their possession.
Chamoli police revealed that they had got a specific input on the transportation of the rare herb in the area.
The police team found two near Helang and then arrested them. Rs 65,000 cash and 500 gram of the herb was found from Sahi, whereas Rokamagar was found with Rs 375 gram Keeda Jadi and Rs 32,000 cash.
While the two were yet to divulge the details, Chamoli police did not rule out the possibilities of them taking the rare herb to Nepal for further transportation.
The herb, or Cordyceps as it is known among botanists and called yartsa gumba in Tibet, which grows in high altitude in the Uttarakhand Himalayas and is available only for a short duration, is in high demand in the Chinese market.