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Free Kaziranga of Poaching: AGP to Javadekar




The Pioneer, New Delhi, 5th September, 2014

Assam’s regional political party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has appealed to the Union Minister of State for Environment & Forest, Prakash Javadekar to intervene and stop the unabated poaching of rhinos in the State and free the famous Kaziranga National Park of its illegal encroachments.


The AGP’s appeal came a day ahead of the Union Minister’s maiden visit to the State on Friday.Javadekar is scheduled to visit the Kaziranga national park during his visit and is also expected to take part in some public meetings over the issue of rhino poaching and the issue of illegal encroachment in the protected areas of the State.


“The Assam Government has remained a silent spectator to the unabated killing of rhinos in the last few years. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has been misleading the people of the State by saying that the cases of poaching had been handed over to the CBI,” said AGP president Atul Bora while adding that the area of the park had been shrinking due to the settlement of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into the park.


Bora said that the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, who had settled in the park, had also been helping the criminals in carrying out crimes like poaching. “The BJP had publically promised the people of Assam before the Lok Sabha polls to stop poaching. We appeal Javadekar to keep the promises by freeing the protected areas of Assam of encroachment and by stopping the rhino poaching,” he said.


The visit of Javadekar assumes significance as the poaching of one-horned rhinos had been a major issue in the State since last several years and the State Government had failed miserably to contain the issue despite taking up several measures spending huge sum of money.


Kaziranga national park, a UNESCO world heritage site, had already lost over 20 rhinos this year due to poaching.The highest number of poaching cases took place in Assam last year, when the poachers had killed 41 rhinos including 27 in Kaziranga, five in Manas national park, three in Orang national park, two in Pabitora wildlife sanctuary and four in other areas.