GUWAHATI: The Guwahati high court on Monday rejected the bail pleas of three persons who were accused of rhino poaching. The accused, identified as Kashim Ali, Habibur Rahman and Yakub Ali, were arrested with a 303 rifle from Kaziranga National Park in September 2012 and booked under several sections of Wildlife Act, Arms Act and IPC.
"The high court rejected their pleas as the matter is now with the CBI and a probe is on. Investigation has revealed that the three persons were part of a six-member group that killed a rhino and sold its horn for a hefty amount," said P N Choudhury, counsel appearing for CBI.
The probe has revealed that the poachers, along with three other members from Nagaland, killed the rhino inside the Bagori range of the park and sold 400 grams of rhino horns to a party for Rs 16 lakh. The other three accused are absconding.