The Indian Air Force has agreed to Assam request to provide a chopper to airlift a rhino which wandering from the flooded Pabitora Wildlfe sanctuary to a sandbar on the Brahmaputra, near Sualkuchi in Kamrup district.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Suresh Chand told that “However, we have not taken a final decision on airlifting the rhino. We don’t want to take any risk and the final decision will be taken only on the advice of experts. Only if veterinary doctors say it would be safe to carry out an aerial operation we will go for it.”
In the meantime, protests over the killing of a rhino of the Kaziranga National Park continued with workers and supporters of the Asom Gana Parishad, leads by the earlier Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, taking out a rally from Kaliabor to Kohora in the national park, demanding exemplary punishment to the poachers.
Effigies of CM Tarun Gogoi and Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain were burnt to protest their suspected failure to protect rhinos from poachers. The AGP also demanded that undocumented migrants living in Kaziranga be expelled.
In the city, 40 NGOs staged a sit-in demonstration over unabated poaching of rhinos in Kaziranga. They sent a memorandum to PM Manmohan Singh seeking instant action for the protection of rhinos.