By Rhishja Cota-Larson
Assam’s war on rhino poaching took another tragic turn last weekend.
A brave forest guard in Orang National Park has made the ultimate sacrifice: The body of Hassan Ali was found by his team after gunshots were heard in the early morning hours.
Hassan had been shot twice in the stomach at point blank range. Four people – including a home guard – were subsequently arrested for kidnapping and killing Hassan Ali.
Ali remembered as a protector of Orang National Park
Hassan Ali was known for his successful efforts at thwarting poaching attempts on Orang National Park. Assam-based wildlife advocate and conservationist Azam Siddiqui praised his work.
"A brave forest guard had to sacrifice his today for our tomorrow here at a National Park in Assam.
It may be noted that Hassan Ali was responsible for the arrest and elimination of many poachers and was one of the brightest sentinels guarding the wildlife from the evils."
Orang National Park’s Divisional Forest Officer Sushil Daila noted that Hassan had previously discovered the four killers were part of a poaching operation that had been plaguing Orang National Park, and he was working to stop them from continuing their illegal activities. More....