This is the second such murder at the World Heritage Site this year. Eighteen people perished for different causes, including flooding during the latest rains.
Assam After Kazirange’s lost 18 Rhinos to Flooding, Poachers killed Female Rhino, Chop off Horn – Insiderfolks, GUWAHATI: As the floodwater recedes in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, an adult female rhino dropped to a poacher’s bullet on Friday.
This is the second such killing this year at the World Heritage Site. Eighteen people perished for different causes, including flooding in recent floods.
Government sources said the animal was found dead at around 11 a.m. on Saturday at a location north of Meteka Beel (Billabong) under the Gabrai anti-poaching zone. His horn had been sawed off and carried away by the poachers. Forest officials picked up six spent cartridges.
Park Manager P Sivakumar said the poachers had reached the park on Friday afternoon, crossing the Brahmaputra River.
“We detected the sound of gunfire, but we couldn’t find the carcass, because it was dark when we approached the spot. So, we did a combing procedure this (Saturday) morning and found the carcass of the cow, “Sivakumar said.
He claimed it was a five-member group of poachers that had been involved, and the chief accused had been captured on the grounds of his footsteps on the side of the river and the leads of a sniffer dog. He said the remaining suspects would soon be charged.
Rhinos are slaughtered because of their tail, deemed an aphrodisiac. A horn could take over Rs 1 crore in the black markets of the Southeast Asian countries.
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