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80 VDOs near Kaziranga Park provided 250 torch lights (State of Assam, India)

By December 31, 2019Anti-poaching, Conservation
The Shillong Times | December 29, 2019

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GUWAHATI: A front line biodiversity conservation organisation in the Northeast, Aaranyak on Sunday distributed 250 torch lights to 80 Village Defence Organisations (VDOs) from fringe areas of the famed Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam.

The torch lights which were donated by a German wildlife enthusiast, Attila Hildmmn, were distributed by the Legal and Advocacy Division (LAD) of Aaranyak in presence of Vivek Shyam, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Bokakhat Sub-Division of Golaghat district of Assam.

Original photo as published by The Shillong Times: Torch lights being handed over to one of the VDOs near Kaziranga Park on Sunday.

Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Kalyan Das, Officer-in-Charge of Bokakhat Police Station, Dibyajyoti Dutta were present in the event among other distinguished persons.

Village Defence Organisations (VDOs) from the villages located on the fringe of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) play a very proactive role in helping the forest and police personnel in checking poaching of animals including the precious one-horned rhinos in the Park.

VDOs’ role is extremely helpful monitoring movements of hunters in and around the national park. They have been instrumental behind declining trend of rhino hunting in the KNP during the last couple of years.

Aaranyak, which has been working in the section of biodiversity conservation for over 30 years, on many occasions in the past facilitated distribution of equipment and field gear to many VDOs as well as forest personnel engaged in various wildlife protection areas in Assam.