Guwahati/ 29th June’2017 (Prag News Desk): The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is regulating a database of rhino poachers active in the State.
With a combined list of over 300 poachers, which include names of former cadres of militant groups like NDFB(S), KPLT and KLNLF, the count is likely to cross 500. This will be a classified operation that will list out poachers in the State.
A multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to combat organized wildlife crime in the country.
According to information by highly placed sources, the number of poachers getting caught is increasing. In 2013, 71 were caught in and around Kaziranga, the following year, 47 were arrested and in 2015 the number of arrests was 88. Last year, 59 poachers were arrested. But it is only recently that a few accused have been convicted. Only about nine have been convicted so far. The number of habitual poachers could be over 50.
The poor conviction is being blamed on lack of coordination between the police and Forest department, laxity in the investigations, poor knowledge of the Wildlife Act among police etc.