Sharpshooter from Nagaland among 5 poachers arrested

GUWAHATI, JUL 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/8/2019 12:03:24 PM IST

In a joint operation by Assam police and Forest department, at least five members of a poaching racket including a sharpshooter hailing from Nagaland was arrested in Assam’s Biswanath area, Saturday night.

According to TNT report, police official said that the gang was reportedly planning to kill rhinos which usually stray out during the monsoon due to the rising water level inside the Kaziranga National Park.

The five arrested have been identifies as Arfan Ali, Mintu Hazarika, Tunmoni Saikia, Puniram Das and Ramkuiba, the sharpshooter from Nagaland.

A joint team of police personnel, who were carrying out naka checking during which Arfan and Ramkuiba alias John were arrested. Arfan is a local from Biswanath ghat area and was taking Ramkuiba from Dimapur to Behali, police said.

Based on information provided by the duo, the security personnel later held the other three gang members. A senior official said that there are other people involved in the racket.

Usually, some members look after the logistics like supplying guns, providing shelter and necessary information about the movements of forest guards and the animals. There are others, like the shooters, who act on the information and execute plans.

In 2017-18, security forces in Assam had held 75 poachers and seized arms such as .303 rifles, AK series rifles, silencers and other ammunitions. At least 17 poachers have been held in the state so far this year.

Recently, an 82-member special protection force trained to combat poachers was deployed in the Kaziranga National Park.

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