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One of the most wanted rhino poachers arrested near Kaziranga National Park

A rhino poacher, who killed two rhinos at Kaziranga National Park, was arrested by police early on Tuesday. A .303 rifle, a .32 pistol, a silencer and six rounds of live ammunition were found on him.

Police said based on some intelligence inputs, security forces including the army, CRPF and police launched a joint operation in the hills of Karbi Anglong on Monday night. But the poacher managed to flee to Bokakhat, where they caught him later.

Superintendent of police (Karbi Anglong) B B Chetry said, “An overnight joint operation of police, CRPF and army was launched in the Karbi hills last night. But, the poacher, along with his weapons, managed to flee from his hideout in the hills and arrived in Bokakhat at around 4.30 am. Our staff chased him away from the hills and caught him at Palashguri area in Bokakhat where he trying to hide.”

He also added that the poacher, who killed two rhinos in the national park during monsoon this year, was identified as Chandra Dolly and he was one of the most wanted poachers.

“Chandra Dolly confessed that he killed two rhinos in the Karbi Anglong hills during the past monsoon and chopped off their horns. He handed over the horns to a Dimapur-based group of smugglers recently and was also sheltering in the hills to kill more rhinos,” the police officer said, adding, “We expect that we will glean some important information regarding rhino poaching and smuggling activities from the arrested poacher during further interrogation.”

On Sunday, Karbi Anglong police had arrested one poacher along with a rhino horn smuggler from Bokakhat in Golaghat district. The poacher, identified as Ganesh Dolly, was also a resident of Palashguri village in Bokakhat while the smuggler was identified as Ghisual Jaiswal of Difolu area in the district.

On the other hand, an adult male rhino was found dead in Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday. Park officials said the rhino died due to old-age aliments and its horn was found intact. “We recovered the rhino with its horn intact and it died of old age near Ahotguri anti-poaching camp under Agoratoli forest range this morning. The animal was stranded in a muddy low-lying area in the park before it breathed at last,” said a park official.

On October 17, the national park lost two more adult rhinos in the park’s Bagori forest range. Forest guards found the carcasses of the rhinos with horns intact and said the cause of both the deaths was natural.

Source: Times of India