Karbi Anglong : With tiger numbers drastically falling down at an alarming rate in the forested areas of Karbi Anglong, Assam forest department have arrested 7 poachers and recovered huge quantity of tiger body parts in the Kohora area of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) last night.
Police said the poachers have confessed to have killed a tiger in the Anjukpani area along Nagaon-Karbi Anglong district border and were trying to sell the body parts to wildlife traffickers.
7 Tiger poachers arrested
The arrested poachers have been identified as Babu Teron, Joysing Bey, Dharam Sing Bey, Barlong Teron, Balbir Singh, Dilip Singh and Manjit Singh.
“We were informed that, a team of poachers was coming from Rongmongwe and delivered some wildlife parts to a person. Following the information, the Jakhalabandha and Bagori police intercepted a vehicle and arrested seven persons with some wildlife parts,” Rohini Saikia, Divisional Forest Officer of Kaziranga National Park said.
Tiger poachers arrested with tiger skin and body parts
While Tiger skin is being used for decorative purposes, tiger bones are much sought after in the black market where it is considered to have medicinal values. According to sources, a tiger skin may fetch over 8-9 lakhs in India and over $20,000 in China via which, the skins reaches the international markets. The bones too fetch about the same rates.
“Based on their statements, we conducted a joint operation and recovered some more tiger bones and skins kept in a house owned by one Dilip Singh at Kohora and arrested him along another,” Saikia said.
According to a four-yearly National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) census in 2014, India had 2226 (range 1945-2491) of which, 167 were in Assam. A 2015 census had put the numbers of tigers in the KNP to 125.
No individual census of the tigers in Karbi Anglong areas has been conducted so far, leaving the forest officials and locals dependent on speculations of the numbers.