Anti-Poaching Foundation Reveals ‘Facts’ on Wildlife Crimes in Kaziranga Park

248

Rhino poachers of Kaziranga working from Manipur’s Churachanpur

A Karbi Anglong based anti poaching foundation and wildlife crime prevention group which essentially make available information to competent authority about wildlife crime network and related trade in South East Asia has recently disclosed some horrific information regarding Rhinoceros poaching inside globally acknowledged Kaziranga wild life sanctuary of Assam.

The group has not only provided name and other detail information of 28 dreaded wildlife criminals and their whereabouts but also has produced photographs of four worst kingpins of the poaching network lurking across Assam, Nagaland and Manipur state of Northeast India but also Myanmar and parts of China. According to the information provided each poacher has killed not less than 10 Rhinos and has traded with it’s chopped off horn to the tune of millions of Indian currency and foreign exchange.

The organization’s report has shown that maximum poachers are from Churachanpur district of Manipur and belong to a particular non-Manipuri tribe.

According to the clandestine report some poachers also hails from Karbi Anglong district of Assam but maintains close trade relation with the Churachanpur based Rhino horn traders. These poachers sell Rhino horn to buyers of China, Middle East Asian countries from a particular hideout of Myanmar, from where the chief of this dreaded conglomeration dealing in poached wildlife operates.

“Maximum poachers we have mentioned make use of local guide from among the illegally settled Bangladeshi settlers who penetrates inside core area as fisherman and to extract non timber based forest products of the sanctuary, their participation during poaching and after is vital for the interlopers, even they help to conceal weapon and ammunition of the poachers. Members of various ultra organizations based in Karbi Anglong also kill Rhino for fast cash. We have already placed all available information to proper authority but till now no action has been initiated, more over Government has not helped us in our mission, we need fund and logistics to work effectually, I am confident that with the backing of authority our organization will be able to unearth the ulterior design of the Rhino poachers, ” Executive Director of the organization said on condition of anonymity.

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in Assam, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora of Assam, and the things that affect them.