Tilak Bora, the fifth poacher arrested in a row near Kaziranga National Park within the last ten days has revealed that he has sold a rhino horn to a person from Nagaland in a whopping amount of 65 lakhs. The transaction happened in a local marker of Dimapur in Nagaland in June last year. Tilak Bora is involved in the poaching of another rhino in Kaziranga National Park during the visit of Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma on June 7 which created serious tension among the forest officials.
The Common Trend
“This is the fourth time that Tilak Bora has been arrested. Each time he gets arrested, he remains behind the bar for three months, then somebody will take him out on bail and again he will be involved in rhino poaching. This has been going on for years. So is the case with other poachers” said N. Mahatta, Additional Superintendent of Police, Golaghat.
‘He has confessed that he has sold a rhino horn for 65 lakhs in Dimapur. This is the price in a local market. In international market, the price varies from 1 cr to 3 cr depending upon the weight of the horn’ added the police official.
Poachers from Manipur and Nagaland
As per police department, rhino poaching is a big racket of miscreants coming to the park mainly from Manipur and Nagaland. They come from the hills of Karbi Anglong and wait for days for the right moment to kill the one horned pride of Assam.
‘Most of the poachers are from Nagaland and from Churachandpur district of Manipur. Local Kuki militants are also involved in the crime. As Churachandur is a border district along Myanmar, the poachers transport the rhino horns to the international market of Myanmar and neighbouring China. I myself have been to Churachandpur to bust such rackets, but lack of support from the local police makes it difficult to nab the miscreants’, said N. Mahatta.
Tilak Bora, the rhino poacher has confessed that after killing the rhino and chopping off the horn, he took shelter in Kareng Sapori of Majuli, the river island. Then he hid the rhino horn in a pond. He was arrested on his way to Bokakhat from Jorhat on Wednesday. As per police, he has also confessed of hiring shooters from Sonitpur district to kill rhinos. At present, police is in search of the rhino horn that is kept hidden.
Since June 7, five rhino poachers identified as Bipul Bora, Megha Bora, Bapai Orang, Ronoj Pegu, Tilak Bora have been arrested by police. Four 303 rifles, one silencer, 24 rounds of bullets, one magazine and one bolt have been recovered from the miscreants.
Syeda Ambia Zahan