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Poacher, rhino horn smuggler arrested in Golaghat; 30 caught in past month.

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Police arrested a rhino poacher along with a rhino horn smuggler from Bokakhat area in Golaghat district on Sunday morning, however, nothing was found on them. With these arrests, the number of persons apprehended for involvement in rhino poaching or smuggling of horns in Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts mounted to 30 in the past month.

Police said based on some inputs, Diphu police launched an operation against poachers in Karbi Anglong on Saturday night. But the duo managed to flee to Golaghat where they caught later.

“Acting on a tip-off, we arrested two persons from Bokakhat this morning. The arrested persons were identified as Ghisuwal Jaiswal (rhino horn smuggler) and Ganesh Dolly (poacher),” said superintendent of police (Karbi Anglong) B B Chetry. He added that Jaiswal, a resident of Diflou area in the district, was involved with rhino horn smuggling business and Ganesh was a resident of Palashjuri village in Golaghat.

The police official also said rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park and its adjacent areas in Karbi Anglong is under control for the past few days as 30 persons involved in poaching and smuggling have been put behind the bars during the past month. Moreover, police, army and CRPF personnel are also carrying out combing operations at all probable locations in Karbi Anglong to foil any poaching attempts in the hills.

Last month, poachers killed five rhinos and chopped off their horns in Kaziranga and its nearby areas when the park was ravaged by the floods. The state forest department and police faced a scathing attack by environment workers and various organizations after poachers chopped off horns of two rhinos while the animals were still alive. But the situation has gradually come under control following a few breakthroughs made by the security forces in the poacher-dominated areas.

Source: Times of India