After losing three rhinos to poachers this month, the Kaziranga National Park authorities successfully managed to foil a poaching attempt while five poachers were arrested by police.
Official sources said that five suspected poachers were arrested on Wednesday by police at Hathikuli area when they were making arrangements to sneak into the park. "Initially, we apprehended three persons after noticing their suspicious movements outside the park area. We already had information about a poaching attempt, so we reacted promptly. During interrogation, the three arrestees revealed that two more persons were coming on a bus with arms to kill a rhino," the park's divisional forest officer, S K Seal Sarma, said.
Based on the information, police intercepted the bus in which the other poachers were travelling, and two more poachers were arrested. "We recovered a magazine of a .303 rifle, a bolt and a silencer from the duo. They, however, were not carrying the actual rifle," Seal Sarma added.
Park officials said that the two persons, suspected to be sharpshooters, were coming from the Gohpur area of Sonitpur district. They said that another person, who was part of this gang and possessed the rifle, is still at large.
The arrested persons were identified as Dwipen Pegu, Hapai Pegu, Paresh Pegu, Bhabesh Doley, Biswa Medhi and Ramrajya Kutum.
The park officials have under sharp criticism from the public for the constant rise in poaching. The arrests and the foiling of the rhino killing comes as a boost to the confidence and reputation of the officials. More....