Fresh Rhino horn found from a fatal road accident In India
A fatal road mishap on Tuesday led to the uncovering of a case of one-horned rhino poaching in Kamrup.
Police have recovered a blood-stained rhino horn from a vehicle that collided head on with a bus at around 6.30 am on Tuesday near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup (Rural), located close to Guwahati. On the other hand, the Forest Department said it has no report of any poaching from any of the protected areas of the State, following which State Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma ordered an inquiry in Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
“Since the horn has blood stains, there might be a poaching in the last 24 hours. As the vehicle was coming from Tezpur side, we checked with Orang authorities but no poaching took place there and same is the case with Kaziranga. I have directed all the forest officials to look for the carcass and a combined search operation has been ordered,” said Brahma.
She added, “The poaching might have taken place in and around Biswanath. So, a search operation has been launched in that area too.”
Baihata is a common route from most of the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.
While three persons travelling in the vehicle died, another is struggling for his life at a private hospital in Guwahati.
Apart from the rhino horn, butt of a country-made gun and 250 grams of a white powder, which is suspected to be brown sugar, have been recovered from their possession.
Police said, all the victims hail from Manipur.