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SOS Rhino : In the News : Hint of global link in poaching

Hint of global link in poaching

The Telegraph, Calcutta, India

Guwahati, Aug. 4: Forest department officials engaged in anti-poaching operations today said the failed attempt to kill a rhino in the Assam state zoo on Monday could be the handiwork of an international gang of poachers.

“This is no work of an ordinary criminal, going by the evidence available and the manner in which the act was sought to be carried out. As rhino products have a global market and all rhino poachers operating globally have local links, there is a suspicion that this could be the handiwork of an international gang of poachers,” Assam chief wildlife warden M.C. Malakar said.

Police, however, are yet to make any headway in the case although several persons have been interrogated in this connection. “We are taking inputs from various sources to trace the kingpin of the gang,” a senior police official said.

“The fact that the attempt was made in a protected area like the state zoo situated in the heart of the capital points to an expert gang of poachers,” he said. The gang could have also operated out of nearby Pabitora wildlife sanctuary where a number of poaching incidents through electrocution took place in the recent past.

Zoo authorities have beefed up security and visitors and their belongings have been frisked thoroughly.

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