Two More Rhinos Poached in Kaziranga

Four rhinos were killed by poachers and fled with the horns in Kaziranga National park in the past 36 hours.

Various organizations including All Assam Students Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samittee (KMSS), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) launched a protest on Thursday against the killing of endangered rhinoceros in Kaziranga and demanded for resignation of Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain as failing to protect the rhinos in the park.

Two rhinos were poached in the park on Thursday, while two were killed yesterday.

Local villagers of Terang gaon near the Pathar hills area under Dolamara range in the park also found a body of a rhino on Thursday morning.

“We heared sound of bullets in the wee hours of Thursday,” Ganesh Ingti, a villager said.

Poachers fled with the horn after killing the female rhinoceros.

Meanwhile, another female rhinoceros was found at Jagadamba tea estate near the Burapahar range office in the park on Thursday.

Poachers also fled with the horn which was removed from the alive pregnant rhinoceros.

It was the second incident that poachers removed the horn from an alive rhino.

Meanwhile, Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain on Thursday announced an CBI inquiry on the rhino poaching incidents in Kaziranga.

Since January, 2012, 15 rhinos have been poached in the park.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.