Four rhinoceros have been viciously killed by poachers in flood-hit Kaziranga National Park (KNP) since Tuesday, including one on Thursday, prompting an alarmed Assam government to ask for a CBI inquiry into it and post army in the edging areas.
Terming as shocking the killings of the rare animal as, Union Minister of State for Environment Jayanthi Natarajan ordered a search by a team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials and sought a report within a week.
Natarajan told that “I am shocked unscrupulous poachers have exploited the situation of natural disaster (floods) and attacked helpless animals which were seeking shelter. I have ordered a probe by a team of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) officials.”
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, who returned from Japan on Thursday, told that the state government would recommend to the Centre a CBI inquiry into the killing of rhinos by poachers during the past 3 years.
Forest Minister Rakibul Hussain said that there has been boost in wildlife population in the park mostly due to efforts of the forest personnel and local people living in the vicinity and he urged all people living in the fringe villages to cooperate with forest officials in protecting the rhinos from the poachers.