SAMAGURI, May 9: Police arrested a rhino poacher from Amoni under Samaguri police station in Nagaon district on Sunday. A police team led by Kaliabor SDPO arrested Mashruf Ali Mama on the basis of intelligence input on his presence in the area. Mama hails from Haluating area under Amguri police station in Sivasagar district.
During interrogation Mama told the police that he had supplied arms to the local poachers for killing of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park. Investigation is on. Mama will be produced before the court on Monday.
The poachers normally use the stretch of National Highway for killing of rhino in the national park and smuggle them out to outside countries. In the past several months, the police have arrested more than nine poachers from this area.
On May 29, three rhino poachers were arrested from Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park (KNP). The arrest was made after a joint operation was carried out by the police, Kaziranga forest officials and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB).
The poachers have been identified as Sahidul Islam and Jiarul Haque from Jakhlabandha and Anwar Hussain from Kampur. One modified rifle and four rounds of live ammunition has also been recovered.