Assam: Two rhinos poached in Kaziranga

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 26, 2012 19:25 hrs

Guwahati, Sept 26 (IBNS) : An endangered female rhinoceros was left battling for her life on Wednesday in the Kaziranga National Park, after poachers fled with the horn, grievously injuring it.

The incident occurred at Rongagara area near Karbi hills of Kaziranga on Sept 25 night, as poachers shot a female rhino and fled with her horn.

"The poachers removed the horn and cutting a part of right ear," a villager said.

The attacked on rhinoceros sparked protests by various organisations.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and several organisations demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry in the rhino poaching in Kaziranga.

"The Forest Minister of the state government Rockybul Hussain should resign from his ministry and take responsibility," a leader of AJYCP Bokakhat committee said.

Meanwhile, a carcass of a rhino was found at Gotong under Bagori range in Kaziranga on Wednesday.

Since January, 2012, 14 rhino have been poached in Kaziranga.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Bijoya Chakrawarty demanded the resignation of the Assam forest minister.

"Since 2001, 119 rhinos have been poached inside the park," the BJP MP said.

Assam forest minister Rockybul Hussain ordered an official inquiry over the incident.

"It is a political conspiracy against me," Hussain said during a press conference at Nagaon on Wednesday.

During the census in 2012, 2,505 rhinoceros found in Kaziranga.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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