Suspected Animal Poachers Arrested for Killing Rhino in Kaziranga National Park
In a recent turn of events, a team of suspected animal poachers has been apprehended by the Assam Police for the brutal killing of an adult female rhino in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. This tragic incident has shocked the local community and conservationists alike.
The police have managed to recover a Rifle of AK Series, which was used in the heinous act of poaching. The discovery of the weapon is a significant breakthrough in the investigation, as it provides valuable evidence against the perpetrators.
According to the authorities, the poachers carried out the killing at the Agoratoli Forest Range on January 21. The carcass of the rhino was found the following day, with its horn removed. This marks the first case of rhino poaching in Assam this year, raising concerns about the effectiveness of conservation efforts in the region.
The poachers reportedly entered Kaziranga by crossing the Brahmaputra river, highlighting the need for enhanced security measures along the park’s borders. In response to the incident, the police launched an extensive operation and managed to trace the culprits within a week.
The investigative team, led by the superintendent of police (SP) Golaghat, cracked the case and made the arrests. One of the detained poachers has been identified as Joge Pegu, a resident of Bijni subdivision in Chirang district. The police are currently conducting further investigations to gather additional information.
It is worth noting that Assam had achieved a significant milestone in 2022, recording zero poaching of rhinos after nearly three decades. The state government’s efforts to combat wildlife crime had garnered praise from Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and global conservationists.
The police attribute this success to their adoption of extraordinary measures to curb poaching activities. Strict vigilance has been maintained to monitor the sale of animal body parts, which is often the driving force behind such killings.
The director general of police (DGP) commended the entire team and supervisory officers for their dedication to protecting the one-horned rhinos. He emphasized the unwavering commitment of the police force in safeguarding these magnificent creatures.
As the investigation progresses, authorities hope to uncover more details about the poaching incident. This arrest serves as a reminder that wildlife conservation requires continuous efforts and collaboration to ensure the survival of endangered species like the rhino.
Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story as the police work tirelessly to bring justice to the slain rhino and prevent future acts of poaching.