Guwahati: Besieged over the current rhino killings at Kaziranga, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said that a state Wildlife Crime Control Bureau would be set up to deal with poaching and smuggling of animal products.
He also said that the state government would soon bring out a white paper on wildlife and forest preservation giving details of the work accomplished by his government and prior regimesm which, he claimed, will prove that charges made by opposition parties like BJP and Asom Gana Parishad were false.
Gogoi told to the reporters “We will form a State Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. Poaching has happened and we are taking the issue seriously.”
Gogoi said that “We plan to involve local communities in the area of Kaziranga National Park and Manas and form Animal Defence Parties, on the lines of Village Defence Committees. We are also eager to involve NGOs for wildlife conservation.”
Gogoi said a total of 14 rhinos have been poached in Kaziranga, whilst another 27 have died due to drowning during the three waves of flood.
He disproved suggestions of violation of land at KNP by suspected Bangladeshi illegal immigrants. He said that “We will not allow any encroachment and evict anybody found to have encroached land in the national park.”