Tezpur : Poachers reportedly broke into Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, killed an adult rhinoceros and sawed off its horn, It’s the third such incidents in the protected zone this week, says a PTI report.
A cache of arms and ammunition allegedly beonging to poachers was also recovered from the park, he said.
Search operations were launched to nab the poachers who fled with the horn, Saikia said.
Just last week, four rhinos were killed by poachers for their horns in the park. An adult female ‘Pride of Assam’ was shot dead near Tunekati Forest Camp under Burapahar Range of the UNESCO declared World Heritage Site followed by the gunning down of a rhino and her female calf on Saturday night at the same spot.
Poachers killed two rhinos in their habitat in the park earlier in February at Hatibali Chapori in the KNP Sixth Addition area and Burapahar Range in April, while 18 rhinos were killed by poachers in Park with their horn taken away last year.
Meanwhile, during routine duty last night traffic police from neighbouring Nagaon district’s Haibargaon Point stopped a vehicle coming from Guwahati on National Highway 37, police said.
The driver and three persons in the vehicle fled the spot leaving behind their car with an AK-47 rifle, a 303 rifle, live ammunition, three magazines, a good number of sharp weapons, some brown sugar and three torch lights, police said.
Jakhalabandha police station officer-in-charge Deben Borah said a number of groups have tried to enter into the national park area and police are investigating the matter.