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Govt to set up rhino task force in Assam

The Economic Times, Assam 7th September, 2014

 

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced the setting up of a special rhino protection force for Assam to protect the endangered species. Rhino poaching had snowballed into a major political issue during the Lok Sabha polls. Narendra Modi termed the spurt in poaching as an attempt by the Congress-led government to settle "Bangladeshis" in protected areas. "We will have zero tolerance for rhino poaching. A special rhino protection force will be created which will recruit local youths," said Javadekar who was on a two-day visit to Assam. At least 22 rhinos had been killed this year, while 24 poachers were arrested.