Rhino horn case: Disclose identity of culprit, says Ex-PAN

DIMAPUR, OCT 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/5/2020 12:59:59 PM IST

Reacting to a report about a piece of Rhino horn being allegedly sold to a former MLA from Nagaland by a certain smuggler from Assam, Ex-Parliamentarian’s Association of Nagaland (Ex-PAN) said non-disclosure of the identity of the ex-MLA or the culprit has implicated the entire community of the former legislators in the State. 

Reacting to the Times of India (Jorhat based) news item, which was also published in local media October 2, Ex-PAN asserted that neither the concerned administrative authorities nor the news portal responsible for publication of the news item had the right to tarnish the image of former legislators.

In a rejoinder, the association president Joshua Sumi said as the news portal did not divulge the name of the buyer of the prohibited item, the report about the illegal trade between the smuggler and the alleged ex-MLA from Nagaland could be correct or false.

Asking the media and the responsible officers in Assam to clear the suspense by disclosing the name of the former MLA or the culprit without hesitation or delay, Ex-PAN warned that non-divulgence of the identity of the culprit in Nagaland would compel Ex-PAN to construe that those responsible for the news item had an ulterior motive against the former legislators.

Ex-PAN president asserted that the association stood for the preservation of flora and fauna and an ardent supporter of those who guard and protect the national wealth and urged the authorities concerned to book the culprits without delay.

According to October 1 news report of the Jorhat bureau of Times of India, “a businessman from Karbi Anglong district, who was arrested for his involvement in rhino horn smuggling on September 28, told Kaziranga National Park authorities that he had sold a broken piece of horn to a former MLA in Nagaland in August.”

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