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Government ordered a CBI Probe into attacks on Rhinos from Poachers


Environment/Ecology Current Affairs September 2012.  Government of Assam on 27 September 2012 ordered a CBI probe into the recent incidents of Rhino Poaching

Oct 1, 2012 11:54 IST

Government of Assam on 27 September 2012 ordered a CBI probe into the recent incidents of Rhino Poaching. The large mammals were poached for their horns recently in Karbi Anglong hills who escaped from the protected area of the flood affected Kaziranga National Park. The Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi ordered a probe from CBI into the matter and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to the one providing information about the poachers.

The government suspecting the involvement of militant groups in the activity of poaching made a decision to deploy army in the Karbi Anglong Hills lying adjacent to the National Park. Few of the other measures taken by the government include elevation of the post of the Director of the National Park to Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) from the previous one of Conservator. As the new Director of the park, an IFS officer N.K. Vasu has been appointed.

Jayanthi Natarajan the Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests has also ordered a probe by the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau to investigate into the matter and present its report within a weeks’ time.

The team formed includes:

1. The team comprises C. Behra, Regional Deputy Director of Eastern Region and Kolkata
2. A.K. Jha, Assistant Director (Intelligence), BHO, Delhi
3. L. Kuruvilla, Assistant Director, Southern Region, Chennai
4. K.K. Sarma, Wildlife Inspector, Northern Region, Delhi