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Two poachers shot down in Kaziranga

Two poachers shot down in Kaziranga
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Two poachers were killed in a fierce gun fight with forest guards in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) last night, officials said on Monday.

Two poachers were killed in a fierce gun fight with forest guards in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) last night, officials said on Monday.


An official of the park said that the incident took place at Azar Kathoni area under Bagori forest range inside the park.

“Based on intelligence input we were informed about presence of a poacher group who entered in the park to kill rhino. When forest guards located their presence the poacher group had started firing and force us to exchange bullets, in which two poachers killed on spot,” the forest official said.

Forest guards recovered arms and ammunition and other equipments using in poaching from the encounter area.

In this year at least 30 rhinos have been killed in the state so far.

On other hand at least 22 poachers were killed during gun fight with forest guards and police alone in Kaziranga in this year so far.

Assam forest minister Atuwa Munda had ordered to the officials of forest department to take stern action against poachers and take necessary steps to protect wild animals in the state.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)
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