Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023

No rhino poacher convicted since 2009, report on Kaziranga reveals

 GUWAHATI: Despite Kaziranga National Park's mounting notoriety as a poaching haven, not a single poacher has been convicted since 2009. The unscientific way of collecting evidence, lack of coordination among security forces and their poor knowledge of wildlife laws have resulted in the abysmal track record.

As per official figures, between 2009 and June this year, at least 70 rhinos were killed by poachers in the park and some 136 poachers were arrested, without a single conviction. The shocking revelation surfaced in a report submitted by park director M K Yadava before the high court on Tuesday.

The high court had directed park authorities to furnish an 'action plan' to curb rhino poaching, after taking suo motu cognizance of the matter. Several PILs had also compelled the court to intervene.