Foreign aided poachers gang, NE militants involved in rhino killing incidents in Kaziranga : Assam forest minister
Guwahati, Nov 7(IBNS) : Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma on Tuesday said foreign assist poachers gang and some militant groups of North East India are involved in the rhino killing incidents in Assam's Kaziranga National Park (KNP).
Recently, poachers had killed three one horned rhinos, including a calf, inside the national park by using sophisticated weapons and took away its horn.
While visiting the world heritage site, Assam forest minister said that, several evidence revealed that, foreign assist poachers gang and some militants of the region are involved in the rhino killing incidents.
"Compare with previous years, rhino killing incidents in Kaziranga has been decreased, but we want to completely curb it and the state forest department, Kaziranga authority and Assam police have jointly prepared a master plan to protect wild animals in the state. Massive hunting operations against the poachers have been launched," Pramila Rani Brahma said.
The minister also said the state forest department is thinking about covering the entire park by fencing.
On the other hand, pro-talk ULFA leader Anup Chetia said some militant groups of North East India are involved in the rhino killing incidents in the world heritage site.
"Few outfit groups of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur are involved in illegal wildlife trade and we will file complaints before Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh soon," Anup Chetia said.
Poachers killed over 250 rhinos in Kaziranga in past a decade.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)