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CBI to probe rhino poaching at Kaziranga

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Guwahati, April 07, 2013
First Published: 18:33 IST(7/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:21 IST(8/4/2013)

The CBI will investigate cases of rhino poaching - on the rise since 2008 - at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam even as the state government is turning to unmanned aerial vehicles to check this illegal activity.

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"Yesterday (Saturday) we got a communiqué from the department of personnel and training in the (Union) ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension that the CBI will investigate rhino-poaching cases of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP)," state forest and environment minister Rockybul Hussain said on Sunday.

"We are awaiting further details. But we welcome the Centre's initiative. We had suggested that the CBI take up all cases three to five years old."

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) of the Union environment and forests ministry will undertake test flights of unmanned aerial vehicles over the KNP from Monday.

In 2012, poachers killed 39 rhinos and removed their horns, and in 2013, the casualty figure is 16 so far. The KNP has the world's highest population of one-horned rhinoceros.

According to the last census in Kaziranga in March this year, there are 2,329 rhinos there.

The KNP is a world heritage site, designated by the United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).With inputs from PTI


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