100 more guards, 200 rifles to protect Kaziranga park
Faced with a spate of poaching of rhinos in the Kaziranga National
Park in the past few weeks and mounting criticism, the Assam
government on Tuesday released 200 self-loading rifles (SLRs) for the
protection force deployed there, with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
saying that his government was committed to protect rhinos and other
inmates of the park.
The Assam government had already deployed 100 additional forest
protection personnel in Kaziranga in the past two days.
Poachers have gunned down as many as 15 rhinos across the state in the
current year, 13 of them belonging to Kaziranga.
“The recent killing of rhinos in Kaziranga has been a matter of
serious concern. Our government has viewed it very seriously and would
do everything to protect the rhinos and other wildlife from poachers
and natural calamities like floods. We will plug all loopholes to
bring an end to poaching,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi, who formally handed over 200 SLRs to the Assam Forest
Protection Force here, also said the weapons would definitely raise
the confidence level of the forest guards who work round the clock in