Kaziranga National Park loses another rhino to poachers; nine arrested

Jorhat, Assam: Nine poachers, including three forest department staff, have been arrested for killing a one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park (KNP).

Acting on a tip-off, police, on Monday night, arrested the nine. They include three forest department employees from Burapahar Range office and have been identified as Keshav Gayan, Tonkeswar Bordoloi and Pinku Das, Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer Subhashis Das said.

File photo. AFP.

File photo. AFP.

The six "most wanted" poachers were identified as Adrish Ali, Fafiq Ali, Saiful Ali, Ibrahim Ali, Saurav Ali and Tarzan Orang, Das said.

The gang had killed an adult male rhino, removed its horn and dumped the carcass near the Tunikati camp under Burapahar Range in KNP on 22 November, 2015.

According to Das, all the six poachers were named in the most wanted list of 126 poachers in four districts — Nagaon, Sonitpur, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat.

On last Sunday, police had nabbed Saurav Ali from Burapahar Range and interrogated him, leading to his confession and information of the nexus between poachers and KNP staff.

Updated Date: May 03, 2016 14:15 PM

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