Two days after poachers had killed a rhino inside the Kaziranga National Park, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident and fix responsibility on those responsible for protecting the rhinos.
The poaching had taken place on Wednesday evening, about 10 hours after the British royal couple Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton had taken a jeep safari through the world-famous park which is home to the highest number of the great one-horned rhinoceros.
Describing the poaching incident as “unfortunate” chief minister Gogoi expressed serious concern over the death of two rhinos in the hands of poachers in the past five days, and asked additional chief secretary TY Das to carry out the inquiry. Poachers had used AK-47 rifles to gun down the rhino before decamping with its horn, official reports said.
An official press release issued by the CM’s office said the additional chief secretary was asked to go into details the circumstances leading to the killing of two rhinoceros and to fix responsibility on the part of those responsible for protecting rhinos. As many as six rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga by poachers in the current year.
Gogoi also asked the Special Task Force constituted to curb poaching to intensify operations against poachers and their accomplices and to evolve strategies to tackle rhino poaching by holding discussions with various student bodies and community-based organisations and NGOs involved in wildlife protection.