Two forest guards were injured in an attack by suspected poachers in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Sunday evening, officials said.
The jawans of Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF) were attacked by suspected poachers near Kathalchang forest camp under Burhapahar forest range office inside the park.
“The jawans were attacked by the suspected poachers by using sophisticated weapons inside the world heritage site when they were on duty inside the park,” an official of KNP said.
The injured forest guards were admitted to Nagaon Bhogeswari Phukanoni civil hospital.
Top officials of the park authority and forest department rushed to the area and launched a search operation to nab the attackers.
Poachers killed at least 19 one horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga in the past four months.
To protect wild animals inside and outside the park, the Assam forest department deployed 300 jawans of AFPF and recently test drive a drone in Kaziranga.
2329 rhinos were found in the national park in the recent rhino census report.