Assam: Kaziranga’s rhino poacher nabbed in Kerala


Guwahati: One person involved in the recent rhino poaching case at the Kaziranga National Park has been nabbed by Assam Police from Kerala on Wednesday (February 16) night.

The accused identified as Asmat Ali (35) alias Nalco, is a resident of Milanpur, Chatia in Assam’s Biswanath District.

Meanwhile, Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Thursday (February 17) congratulated Assam Police and expressed his gratitude to the Kerala Police for their assistance in the case.

“The evil accused in the recent rhino poaching act in @kaziranga_ has been nabbed from Kerela last night. Kudos to @assampolice & gratitude towards the cooperation from Kerela Police. Team Assam under HCM Dr.@himantabiswa’s guidance is committed to counter such crimes,” Minister Suklabaidya said in a tweet.

Earlier on January 20, the first case of rhino poaching of this year was reported from the Kaziranga National Park when the staff of Hilekhonda camp under Kohora range of the national park found the carcass of an adult rhino.

Later, the Assam Police had also announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for information leading to the arrests of three accused in connection with the rhino poaching case and a reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced for information leading to the recovery of poached rhino horn.

The three poachers were identified as Ataur Rahman (35) alias Bassa, Abdul Matin (36) aka Kala and Asmat Ali (35) aka Nalco.