Rhino poacher jumps into Brahmaputra, escapes from custody

By February 23, 2022Wildlife Crime

Fake rhino horns and ivory. Image: As originally published by East Mojo.

Press Trust of India, East Mojo | February 22, 2022


A suspected rhino poacher, who was recently arrested from Kerala, escaped from police custody by jumping into the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Biswanath district, a top police officer said on Monday.

The incident happened on February 17 and search operations are underway to locate him, she said.

Superintendent of Police Leena Doley told PTI that the most-wanted criminal was arrested in association with Kerala Police, and was brought to the district on the night of February 16.

A resident of Biswanath district, he was wanted in connection with poaching of several rhinoceros in the state, including a recent incident of killing of the animal in Kaziranga National Park.

Assam Police had announced an award of Rs 2 lakh for information leading to his arrest, while Rs 5 lakh prize money was declared for information leading to recovery of the rhino horn that was poached.

He was being taken to a site… but taking advantage of the darkness, he jumped into the Brahmaputra river with his handcuffs on, Doley said.