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Poachers kill rhino in Kaziranga, escape with horn

Press Trust of India  |  Tezpur (Assam) 

Poachers killed an adult rhino and escaped with its horn from the Western Range of the in district, a senior forest official said today.

According to Divisional Forest Officer Rohini Ballav Saikia, the incident happened at around midnight at Polokata near Sitamari area -- a sandbar island in the -- south of Baghmari powergrid station under camp.

"Poachers took its horn and fled the spot, which is an open area of about 200 metres from the forest camp. We have also found five rounds of empty cartridges of .303 rifle from the spot," Saikia told

Saikia, along with other senior forest officials, reached the spot this morning and a joint team of forest and police personnel launched an operation to nab the poachers, he added.

The incident took place in within hours of Governor directing law enforcing agencies to take all measures to prevent cases of of rhinos in

This is the second rhino incident in Kaziranga this year.

On January 14, a female rhino was killed at Daflang camp area of Bagori range, but the poachers could not take its horn.

During the ongoing Budget Session in Assembly, Forest has said that altogether 74 rhinos were killed by poachers in since 2015 and 316 poachers were arrested during 2015-17.

As many as 21 rhinos were killed in 2015, 22 the next year and 9 in 2017, the had informed the House on February 8.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:45 IST