India: In yet another breakthrough, that too close on the heels of killing of two armed poachers inside Orang National Park (ONP) on Monday midnight, a joint team of Darrang and Udalguri police recovered a large quantity of materials used in poaching of rhinos including one .303 rifle and one short barrel rifle, from the house of a suspected poacher.
According to information, acting on a tip-off about the movement of a gang of poachers, a joint team of police from both the districts led by Officer in-Charge of Dhula Police Station, Sub-Inspector Ranjit Hazarika conducted a raid in the house of Sanjit Basumatary, son of Jaleswar Basumatary of village Bhalukmari under Rowta Police Station in Udalguri district at about 2 am on Wednesday, and recovered the arms and ammunitions from his house. The police also recovered two silencers, two arrow bullets, one magazine, one axe and one machete. Significantly, four live cartridges were also recovered from a Tata Safari bearing registration number AS 01 BG 3748 registered in the name of Sanjit Basumatary.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested Sirangsa Basumatary, son of Jaleswar Boro in this connection. Though Sanjit Basumatary is reportedly absconding, the police are continuing further investigation to nab other culprits, including the absconding Sanjit Basumatary.
(Source: Sentinel Assam)