Police and forest guards achieved a major success after two rhino poachers were killed in a gun battle with police and foresters at Sitalmari char in Morigaon district of Assam Monday night.
The encounter broke out around 1:20 am between cops, STF personnel and forest guards at Sitalmari char under Bhelowguri Police Station after the team of policemen and forest guards launched an operation following reports of the presence of a group of rhino poachers in the area. The poachers reportedly opened fire at the team of policemen and forest guards.
The police team retaliated and two suspected poachers were killed in the resulting gunfire. Other members of the group of rhino poachers managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
A .303 rifle, a silencer, a swimming tube and a bag was recovered from the possession of the two slain poachers who are yet to be identified.