Crime and Accident

Two poachers killed in Assam national park

Two poachers killed in Assam national park
A group of elephants, believed to have been killed by poachers, lie dead at a watering hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park October 26, 2015. Picture taken October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Guwahati: At least two poachers were killed by forest guards in Assam`s Orang national park on Tuesday, an official said.

The guards also recovered a .303 rifle, 10 bullets and an axe.

Assam`s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Bikash Brahma confirmed on Tuesday that the poachers had entered the park with the intention to kill one-horned rhinos.

“The incident took place around 1 a.m. today (Tuesday). The forest guards heard a gunshot and launched an operation immediately. The poachers fired at the guards when asked to surrender. Two poachers were killed in the ensuing gunfight,” Brahma said.

Located at the northern bank of Brahmaputra river, Orang National Park has an area of 78.81 square km.

There are over 100 one-horned rhinos in the park.

—PTI