Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on April 16 said that the state government will appoint one forest battalion and many foresters on May 10 to strengthen the security and to speed up anti-poaching measures in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.
“We will appoint one forest battalion and many foresters on May 10. Today I visited the park and inspected on ground how to scientifically increase manpower deployment in Kaziranga. After a long time today, I visited the Kaziranga National Park,” Sarma said.
The Assam chief minister on April 16 travelled inside the Kaziranga National Park to assess various measures undertaken to eliminate poaching.
“I visited the area where one rhino was poached recently and the areas where there is no forest camp,” he said.
Sarma specially visited vulnerable zones on the banks of Brahmaputra and interacted with forest guards at camps and other officials.
Talking about the recent rhino poaching incident in the national park, Sarma said that the rhino horn has recovered.
“The poacher fled. Today I heard that one body was found but police have yet to confirm whether, the body is of the poacher or not. But we recovered the rhino horn immediately. We will have to increase river patrolling in the park. I will again visit Kaziranga along with DGP. There are few gap areas in the park and to solve the problem we will have to fill up that area including increasing river patrolling,” he said.