Militants poaching rhinos in Kaziranga (State of Assam, India)

By June 9, 2020Antipoaching
News Live | June 6, 2020

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GUWAHATI: Three poachers arrested by Karbi Anglong police revealed that some militant organisations have been resorting to rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park in Assam to buy arms and ammunition for their outfits. The poachers identified as David Siyama, Biki Thapa and Simon Lakra informed police during interrogation that several militant organisations from Karbi hills have been purchasing arms and ammunition by selling rhino horn at the international markets illegally.

According to reports, the militant organisations and the poachers have been carrying out the illegal activities along the Indo-Myanmar border. The arrested poachers revealed that a poacher named Maibong who was killed in an encounter with Karbi Anglong police was the man behind the nexus between poachers and militants.

They also informed that a KG of rhino horn is sold against Rs. 1.5 crore.

The group of poachers was arrested from different parts of Karbi Anglong on June 2. Apart from a hand grenade, an AK-81, two AK-56 rifles, a double-barrel gun and 400 rounds of assorted ammunition were seized from them.  The kind of ammunition the hunters carried blurred the line between poachers and extremists.