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Assam: Rhino found killed by poachers in Kaziranga

Mar 24, 2013 08:24 AM IST India India

Kaziranga: A bullet ridden body of a rhinoceros with its horn removed has been found at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Forest officials recovered shells of bullets and rifles used to kill the animal.

Recently, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had asked for a CBI inquiry into rhino killing incidents. The body was found between Kharoli and Borhola camp of the World Heritage Site's Burapahar range.

The rhino was suspected to have been chased by the poachers as it was found at the borders of KNP where the animals do not normally go. Stating a massive search operation was launched for the poachers, the authorities said forest guards and India Reserve Battalion personnel were deployed for strengthening the security arrangements inside the Park.

Meanwhile, agitated people living near the Park gheraoed the officials of KNP demanding security of the animals and end to their harassment during searches that are carried out for the poachers. They said that a 5-member group of poachers was operating inside the KNP but the Park authorities had failed to nab them and secure the live of the rhinos and other animals there. Earlier on March one, a rhino was killed with an AK-47 rifle and its horns removed near Arikati forest camp of the Park.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)