The CBI has taken up the probe into the killing of rhinos in Assam following unabated rise in such incidents even as the state government turns to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in a bid to tackle illegal poaching of rhinos.
Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said on Sunday that the Union Ministry of Personnel,Public Grievances and Pensions has sent a communication regarding the CBI probe to the Assam government on Saturday.
However,details of the number of cases taken up by the CBI and the time-frame for the probe is yet to be known. We are awaiting further details. But we welcome the Centres initiative, Hussain said. We had suggested that CBI take up all cases up to three to five years old. However,as per their (CBI) pro forma they take up investigation based on cases and FIRs filed, he said.
Kaziranga National Park has witnessed an upsurge in poaching of rhinos since last year. Last year,25 rhinos were killed,and 20 have been poached so far this year.