Northeast Now | November 12, 2019
Forest officials have arrested a man, who was allegedly involved in rhino poaching in Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang district.
Forest officials said rhino poacher Jakir Hussain, 49, was arrested on Tuesday from his home at Nurpur Bhairguri Pathargaon village under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district. Acting on intelligence input, a team of forest protection force led by BV Sandeep, divisional forest officer (DFO), Mangaldai Wildlife Division, launched an operation and nabbed Jakir.
A forest official said, Jakir, who was earlier also involved in the incident of rhino poaching, planned to kill rhinos at the Orang National Park.
Earlier in September, a rhino poacher was shot dead by a joint team of the police and forest guards in the National Park.
In October, Darrang police apprehended three poachers along with arms and ammunition in two separate incidents.
Spread over 79-sqkm, Organg National Park has 101 one-horned rhinos, 24 Royal Bengal tigers and many other avian and aquatic species.
But rhinos and tigers face threat of international gang of poachers.