Assam Police arrested three rhino poachers near Kaziranga National Park on Sunday. Two AK-47 rifles, two magazines, 30 rounds of live AK ammunition, two torches, bags and other items were also recovered from their possession.
The arrested poachers were identified as Welson Teron (34), Dereshang Rengma (36) and Alo Rengma (29).
Based on intelligence input, Karbi Anglong police launched an operation and arrested the poachers while they were on their way to Kaziranga National Park.
Special DGP of Assam GP Singh tweeted “@karbianglongpol recovers two AK Series Rifles and arrests three poachers while on way to Kaziranga National Park with ulterior motive of Rhino poaching. A major Mishap averted.”
Last month, the poachers had killed a one-horned rhino inside the Kaziranga National Park near Xilekhunda beel of Hanuman forest camp under Kohora range.
As per the state forest department data, poachers killed 12 rhinos in Kaziranga in 2016, seven in 2017, six in 2018 and three each in 2019 and 2020.
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