An unidentified poacher was killed by forest guards of the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park on Monday night. The slain poacher was part of the four-member poachers' team that intruded the park area at around 11.30 pm on Monday in the Ramkong forest camp of the park.
According to the DFO, Mangaldai wildlife division, SK Daila, patrolling has been intensified in the park area after the incident. "On Monday night, our patrolling team saw a group of suspected persons within the park premises and asked them to identify themselves. However, the people started firing at our guards and our men retaliated. In next morning, we found the body of a poacher," said Daila.
A handmade firearm, two live ammunitions of .303 rifle, two blank cartridges, a bag and torch lights were recovered from the deceased's possession.
Earlier on January 7 night, forest guards apprehended Ekramul Islam (22), brother of a forest official in connection to a poaching racket in the Kachomari forest camp area of the park. The park authority also suspended the forest official thereafter.
Previously on December 10 last year, the park authority succeeded to nab one poacher, Rustam Ali, who was involved in the killing of a rhino earlier. Similarly in another incident, the park guards drove out a group of poachers in December.
However, park officials expressed serious concern over the vigilance in the Brahmaputra River area adjoining the park. "With shallow water level in dry season, the poachers take advantage of the river route to enter the park area. However, we have taken all possible measures to thwart any poaching activity," added Daila.
In another incident on Wednesday, a tiger strayed out from the park area and wounded two villagers. The tiger suspected to be a female entered the campus of Umar Ali (38) and inured him seriously. More....