Another rhino poached in KNP

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 22, 2013 17:54 hrs

Assam government and the state forest department once again failed to protect wild animals in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as poachers killed yet another one horned rhinoceros in the park and managed to flee with horn, here.

According to reports, poachers killed the rhino in the Mokorajuli area near Bakse hill under Burapahar forest range office in the park.

"The forest guards had found bullet injury marks on the rhino´s body in Mokorajuli area," a park official said.

The poachers had managed to flee with horn after killing the rhino.

According to statistics, poachers had killed 16 rhinos this year, while 22 rhinos were poached in Kaziranga last year.

Several organizations and political parties have urged the state government and Union government to protect wild animals in the park.

Recently, the state forest department had deployed 300 armed jawans of Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF) in the park to protect wild animals and control poaching activities.

Moreover, on Friday few Members of Assam Legislative Assembly from the opposition side had demanded handing over of Kaziranga's security to private agencies.

"The state government and forest department have totally failed to protect wild animals and control poaching activities in Kaziranga. So we have demanded that, the Kaziranga's security would be handed over to private agencies," BJP MLA Manoranjan Das said.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

More from Sify: