Hunters use potassium cyanide to kill rhinos, elephants at Jaldapara National Park, 3 held
Kolkata: Many of the hunters are now using deadly potassium cyanide to kill rhinos or elephants at the Jaldapara National Park.
The matter came to light after some poachers who were recently arrested by police confessed during interrogation the entire modus operandi as to how they hunt wild animals with the help of special type of Gucci built in Arunachal Pradesh.
They use potassium cyanide in their Gucci as a result of which the animals die shortly after the deadly substance is administered into their body through an injection syringe. These hunters later chop off rhino horns or elephants' tusks.
A senior forest department official from North Bengal said the department was surprised to know this procedure of hunting wild animals. Police and fire department have also recovered some of these syringes and Gucci that were used for killing animals.
It also came to light that a group of miscreants killed full grown rhinos in Kudalbasti Range of Jaladepada National Park.
Police came to know about the method of killing the wild animals after Marato Riba was arrested from a bus while going to Guwahati a couple of days ago. Two of his associates were also arrested in this connection so far.
Among the accused there is a teacher from Banarhat identified as Raja Rao. Police said Riba, a notorious criminal from Arunachal Pradesh had been involved in the incidents of chopping animals.
Some rifles and cartridges were also recovered after interrogating the accused. During the investigation, police also came to know that one Gandhe Singh used to smuggle rhino horns or elephant tusk to Assam.
The gang members used to take Rs 25 lakh from international smugglers of North East to hunt rhinoceros.
The accused told police that how they adopted the method of killing animals by applying potassium cyanide through a syringe.
Police also recovered some Gucci, syringe from their possession. In the year 2017, two rhinos at Gorumara National Park were killed while in 2014 and 2015 the number stood at five.