Rhino poaching in Manipur, Three culprits arrested

  • | Tuesday | 6th April, 2021

The Bengal forest department, sources said, also intends to constitute a special task force. “This force will be engaged for better protection of forests and wildlife across the state,” said a source.  

The state is recovered with illegal poaching of animals. The special task force (STF) of Manipur arrested three persons suspected to be members of a gang linked to the killing of a one-horned rhino at the Jaldapara National Park of Alipurduar district.

Two of the arrests were made on Sunday night and one was made on Monday, all in Manipur.

The rhino’s carcass, with its horn missing, was found in the park on Sunday morning. Senior forest officials, who immediately ordered an inquiry, said the animal had been killed at least two days back. Vets who performed the animal’s autopsy confirmed it was shot from point-blank range.

V.K. Yadav, the chief wildlife warden of the state, confirmed the arrests made by the STF in Manipur.

“We suspected a poachers’ gang from the Northeast was involved and it is good that arrests have been made. Alipurduar district police have submitted a prayer before the court in Manipur so that the arrested can be brought here on transit remand. We hope to recover the horn,” said Yadav.

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