By Rhishja Cota-Larson
Police in Assam have arrested suspects from two rhino horn trafficking gangs, believed to be responsible for killing rhinos in Kaziranga National Park. Most of the suspects are from the Karbi Anglong district. Gang leader Lyngdoh Rongpi was arrested in the Jamelangshu hills, and his accomplices (perhaps as many as 17) were later arrested at a Bokolia village, according to The Hindu.
An axe, one AK-47 rifle, 37 rounds of ammunition, two .303 rifles, and one gun were seized from the suspects.
The Times of India reports that seven people were arrested in the Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts. The suspects were identified as Rajen Ingti, B Jangkha, Sona Dey, Tenjit Terang, Suren Gupta, Babu Timung, and Robin Ronghang. The gang was allegedly making a rhino horn deal with the leader of the Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT), a militant group.
In response to the killing of at least 17 rhinos in Assam this year, the government distributed 200 self-loading rifles to the forest guards in Kaziranga National Park, along with deploying an additional 100 forest guards.