Guwahati: Even though the Assam government has been making tall claims of enhancing the existing security apparatus in the state to curb the growing incidents of rhino poaching, yet another rhino was killed by the poachers on Wednesday.
The latest killing of rhino took place in Assam’s so-called high security Kaziranga National Park as in the current year alone this was the 15 incident of rhino poaching in the state.
According to the park officials, the horn of the female rhino was sawed off by the poachers after killing the rhino. The poaching took place in the Burhapahar range of the park.
Forest official claimed that they had challenged the poacher in which there was an exchange of fire with the poachers but none of the poachers could be apprehended.
In the current year, a total of 13 one-horned rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga alone which is a UNESCO world heritage site by the poachers.
Although the Assam government has set-up a separate unit in the name of `Assam Forest Protection Force’, which is equipped with sophisticated AK series rifles to combat the menace poaching, empty shells of AK-series and .303 rifles were recovered from the spot where the latest rhino killing was reported, it in itself indicates that complicity of insurgents conniving with the poachers in the region cannot be ruled out.