No­body knows who kills rhi­nos

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - IN AS­SAM,

52 one-horned rhi­nos were poached in­side Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park and 97 in sur­round­ing Go­laghat, Karbi An­g­long, Sonit­pur and Na­gaon dis­tricts be­tween 2009 and early 2014. Though 247 peo­ple have been ar­rested for poach­ing dur­ing the pe­riod, not a sin­gle one has been con­victed so far. This is ac­cord­ing to the re­sponse to a query un­der the Right To In­for­ma­tion Act filed by wildlife ac­tivist Ro­hit Choud­hury. As per the po­lice depart­ment's data, more rhi­nos have been poached in the past five years than ever be­fore. Pro­fes­sional poach­ers are get­ting help from var­i­ous in­sur­gent groups who are sup­ply­ing arms, trad­ing in horns and even killing the rhi­nos. A P Rout, ad­di­tional direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice and in-charge of the Anti Rhino-poach­ing Spe­cial Task Force (STF), de­clined to com­ment on this say­ing he joined STF only two months ago.

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