The Assam Police Crime Branch Wednesday night detained a dreaded poacher from Nagaland Guest House in Guwahati. Acting on a tip-off, the Crime Branch and SIB launched a joint operation to nab the poacher.
The poacher has been identified as Wakuf alias Master. He hails from Dimapur in Nagaland.
“We have detained the accused from Nagaland Guest House in Guwahati. He was involved in several rhino poaching incidents in Kaziranga National Park. We will conduct our regular interrogation before producing him to the court,” said a police officer.
Illegal rhino horn trade has been the main problem facing authorities of the rhino-protected areas of Assam. Some other parts like nails, skins have very high value in Asian traditional medicinal market, which has led to increased cases of rhino killing in recent years.