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Rhino carcass found in Kaziranga; 3 detained

JORHAT, Apr 23 (Agencies)
Published on 23 Apr. 2017 11:33 PM IST
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Forest staff found the carcass of an adult male rhino in Kaziranga National Park on Saturday.
The horn of the rhino was missing. An empty cartridge of a .303 rifle was also recovered from near the spot. Police have detained three persons for interrogation in connection with the incident. With this, the number of rhinos killed by poachers in Kaziranga national park this year has gone up to three.
Divisional forest officer (Kaziranga), Rohini Saikia, said, “The rhino was shot dead three to four days ago by poachers, who chopped off its horn. Our staff found the decomposed carcass from the spot when they were on patrol.”
The incident took place near Sibe anti-poaching camp of the park’s Agoratoli forest range, an area which has a large presence of forest staff. On February 14 and 15, the World Heritage Site park lost two rhinos to poachers at the park’s Northern and Burapahar forest ranges respectively.

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