The Telegraph India | April 8, 2020
The villagers on the fringe areas of the Kaziranga National Park have become more alert in conserving wild animals, including rhinos.
As a result of this awareness, the villagers of Kathcapori, Baruahchuk and Kanchikata apprehended a poacher, Gagon Eko, 35, at Lohore Chapori, 50km from here, on Monday.
Three men had planned to poach a rhino which had strayed from Kaziranga on February 24. But because of the strict vigil by the villagers, one of the poachers was caught. Two others managed to escape.
The divisional forest officer (DFO), Eastern Assam wildlife division, Bokakhat, said the villagers are more sensitive in keeping an eye out for any outsider and so they easily caught the poacher. Kaziranga National Park director P. Sivakumar said the villagers showed good response to the appeal of participation in wildlife conservation.
The villagers later handed over the poacher to Kamargaon police with the help of the forest department’s patrolling team.
The police also recovered a single-barrel rifle, a double-barrel rifle, around 30 bullets, a dagger, special catapult, a silencer and medicines.
Two cases have been registered by the police and the forest department separately against the poacher.
The officer-in-charge of Kamargaon police station registered a case under the Arms Act, 1959, while the Kaziranga National Park authority registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act.