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Kaziranga: Rhino poached amidst COVID-19 scare

Striking after a gap of more than 13 months, poachers have killed a rhino in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park with an AK-47 assault rifle and taken the animal’s horn.

It is the first rhino poaching case of 2020. According to the reports, the forest guards of the national park had detected one carcass of a rhino near Duamari Beel under Eastern Range Agoratoli of the park. When the forest guards detected the carcass of the rhino, they found that the horn was missing.

Discovery of eight empty shells of an AK-47 assault rifle at the spot where the rhino’s carcass was found have led forest officials to suspect the role of some local insurgent groups, who are in possession of such sophisticated arms.

It may be mentioned that there was no instance of poaching the 430 sq km park since April 1, 2019, and it had recorded three poaching deaths last year.

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