Assam CM Sonowal directs cops to protect Kaziranga rhinos from poachers

  • PTI, Guwahati
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2016 17:35 IST
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has appealed to people living on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park to remain alert against poachers. (PTI Photo)

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday directed the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of three districts covering Kaziranga National Park to take all possible measures to protect rhinos from poachers.

“Saving rhinos from extinction must be taken up as a mission to protect them from poachers and we shall extend all possible support in this regard,” Sonowal said in a meeting with DCs and SPs of Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon districts along with senior forest officials.

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Sonowal said whatever measure needs to be undertaken shall be adopted, including suggestions and advice from international experts for protecting rhinos and Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site. “Anyone linked to poaching of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park will not be spared,” he said.

The chief minister appealed to people living on the fringes of the park to remain alert against poachers. He urged them to identify the poachers and those having links with them. Sonowal also requested mediapersons to help the government in its efforts.

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