Assam authorities arrest four poachers

Kaziranga National Park (Assam), June 3 (ANI): Authorities in Assam have arrested four poachers with arms, near the Kaziranga National Park.

Divisional forest officer of the Kaziranga National Park, S.K. Sil, said: "We had some information about the poachers, those who are from the villages, so they were under our observation. Last night we made a search and have picked up three fellows, one of them was Gautam, the other was, Hari Krishan. On search we could recover 18 live rounds of 303 rifles," said Sil.

The suspected poachers have been identified as Hari Krishna Pegu, Rahul Doley and Jogendra Charow along with the mother of Rahul Doley identified as Pisoly Doley.

Sil further explained that initially only three poachers were arrested, but following their confession during interrogation, led to the arrest of the fourth poacher.

Kaziranga is home to a vast number of the famed and endangered species of wildlife in Assam and these include the rhinos and the striped feline beauties of tigers.

In the last four months around 16 one-horned rhinos were killed in Assam, of which, poachers killed 11 inside the Kaziranga National Park itself.

There were 2,329 rhinos in the park, according to the latest census.

Meanwhile, the CBI had registered three cases relating to rhino poaching during 2012 in and around Kaziranga.

Recently, the Indian wildlife authorities' introduced the aerial drones equipped with cameras, to check rampant poaching.

To protect the one-horned rhino, wildlife authorities in Assam have even deployed armed guards, but they have often proved ineffective before the organised gangs of poachers, who continue to strike down the rhinos. (ANI)

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