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Arms used for killing rhinos found in Chitwan

  The Rising Nepal
By Our Correspondent

KASHARA, Oct 5: The security forces of Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP) recently found a modern rifle and other equipment being used by the smugglers to poach one-horned rhino in the area.

The new kind of 303 rifle was designed like an SLR and had a 7.62 mm barrel. Unlike rifles using magazines, the rifle can fire one bullet at a time.

Earlier the smugglers were found to have used home made gun for poaching. With the finding of the rifle, the officials of the Park claimed that the smugglers have introduced a new weapon to poach rhinos.

Similarly, sources of the Park said that it has recently seized 1000 meter of electric wire, which was used to trap the rhinos inside the park.

Following information that the security forces got from the locals, it had come across the trap near the Kadgauli and Dhurbaghat area of Jagatpur VDC in Chitwan district, where the smugglers had made the plan to trap the rhinos that came there mainly to frolic and drink water.

The joint team of Old Gorakh battalion of the Royal Nepalese Army in its special operation against smuggling has found the facts that the smugglers were using new method to poach the rhinos by leaving the old method.

Meanwhile, the RCNP ordered to remand five persons into judicial custody, who have been accused of involving in transaction of one-horned rhinos illegally.

A single bench comprising officer Shiva Raj Bhatta issued the order against those accused on Monday.

According to Kamal Jung Kunbar, the RCNP officer, those accused are Bhagara Chaudhary, Kupuwa Mahato, Laxman Mahato, Puspalal Bhandary and Gupta Bahadur of Dibyanagar VDC in the district.

Following the explanation that they furnished at the office and other documents, the bench issued the order.

The Security forces of the Park had caught them along with the modern equipment used to kill rhinos.

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