“It has come to light that apart from poachers, some militant outfits were also involved in poaching of rhinos. In some cases, AK series rifles were used to kill the animal,” said Assam’s environment and forest minister Rockybul Hussain.
The state is already in touch with the Union home ministry, asking for AK rifles for the forest guards in Kaziranga.
Last year, Kaziranga lost 38 rhinos to poaching. Both Kaziranga and Manas are UNESCO world heritage sites.
Statewide protests have followed the spurt in poaching. The government now plans to create four new divisions in Kaziranga for better management of the park.