Gogoi, who attributed the rise in rhino population in Assam due to the conservation efforts initiated by the state government, described the decrease in lion population in Gujarat as a failure of the BJP governments at the Centre and in Gujarat.
The Additional SP also said that Verma, from whom the police also seized a reporter’s identity card issued by Dawnlit Post in Itanagar, had confessed that he used to regularly traffick brown sugar to Arunachal Pradesh.
Manoranjan and Uma Das claim the boy is their son Bishal Das, who went missing during the 2012 violence in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of western Assam, involving Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims.
Appu, a college student who was at the spot said, “He was in agony. But, people thought he was trying to escape. Everyone stood watching. When police came, they freed his hands and legs, but he did not move...”
While it requires construction of only a 15-km stretch between Lumla in Tawang and Tashigang in Bhutan, once operational, it will cut down travel distance between Tawang and Guwahati by almost 200 kms.
The four persons, identified as Abu Bakkar Siddique, Jahanur Alam Sheikh, Samal Ali Mandal and Azizul Haque, were arrested during multiple raids conducted by the police in Tulsibil, Muwamari, Bhawraguri and Jaypur in Kokajhar and Dawkhanagar in Chirang, the SP said.
Giving details, Guwahati-based Defence PRO Lt Col Suneet Newton said the elephant calf stuck in a ditch was first spotted by a routine parameter patrol of the 14 Ammunition Depot inside the Cantonment early Friday morning.