Kokrajhar (Assam): BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday denounced the regular poaching of rhinos in Assam and said the animal will become extinct in the state if the killings don’t end.
“The one-horned rhinos, which draws foreign tourists to Assam, are not safe here,” Shah told a rally where he announced a tie-up between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bodoland Peoples Front for assembly polls.
He said that in the last three years, over 100 rhinos were killed in Assam. “If the situation continues, there will not be any rhino in Assam in the next 10 years.”
Shah made the remarks while hitting out at the Congress government in Assam.
Around 3,500 rhinoceros are said to be alive in India, mostly in Assam, according to experts.