4 poachers held in Assam

Police arrested four poachers, including two from Nagaland, who were planning to kill rhinos at Orang National Park, in lower Assam's Darrang district late on Saturday night.

By PANKAJ SARMA in Guwahati
  • Published 23.07.18
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Guwahati: Police arrested four poachers, including two from Nagaland, who were planning to kill rhinos at Orang National Park, in lower Assam's Darrang district late on Saturday night.

Acting on specific information about the presence of poachers in the area, a search was launched by a police team led by deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Amit Kumar Hojai and the accused were arrested from a house at Kachomari Sonari village under Dalgaon police station.

The accused were Nur Hussain alias Lengra, 50, Abul Hussain, 45, Daniel Yepthomi, 28 and Alobo Kipa, 23.

Nur and Abdul are from Kachomari Sonari village while Daniel is from Dimapur district and Alobo from Zunheboto district of Nagaland.

Officer-in-charge of Dalgaon police station Jagdish Sarmah said Nur and Abul had hired the two shooters from Nagaland to kill rhinos at Orang National Park.

"All of them were apprehended from the house of Nur, which is barely a couple of kilometres from the tiger reserve," Sarmah said.

On being led by Nur, the police dug out two .303 rifles, one 9mm carbine, one silencer and four ammunition of .303 rifle, which were buried behind the cowshed at his house.

Sarmah said the accused were produced in court on Sunday and were remanded in police custody for three days.

He said Nur was also arrested earlier for his alleged involvement in rhino poaching.

In May this year, Nagaon police had arrested four poachers, who led police to a Karbi Anglong jungle where they had hidden arms and ammunition, including two AK-47 rifles, used in killing rhinos in Kaziranga National Park.

All the accused were from Churachandpur district of Manipur.