Two Kaziranga officials injured in rhino attack

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 23:35 hrs

Two forest officials were injured in a rhino attack during a census operation in Assam's Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Sunday, officials said.

The incident took place under Bagori forest range in the park, where forest officials were involved in the two day long census process.

Divisional forest officer (DFO) Aniruddha Dey and forest guard Hemchandra Dutta were attacked by a female rhino and its calf during the census operation.

"The officials were astride an elephant inside the park and the elephant was attacked by a female rhino and its calf. The elephant panicked during the incident and the forest officials fell and were injured," a park official said.

The rhino fled from the spot after forest guards intervened.

The injured DFO was admitted at Jakhalabandha hospital and the forest guard admitted at Bokakhat hospital.

The park official said that both injured officials are now out of danger.

Over 250 forest officials are engaged in the census operation, which will cover all 81 blocks in the park.

During the last census which was conducted in the year 2012, 2290 one-horned rhinos were found in Kaziranga.

Kaziranga has lost 17 rhinos in this year, due to poaching inside the park.

In 2012, poachers killed 22 rhinos in the world heritage site.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)

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