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NGOs deny Kaziranga allegations

Leading wildlife NGOs working in and around Kaziranga National Park today refuted allegations made by International Organisations of using excessive  force at Kaziranga National Park by the park authorities to protect the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros. Aaranyak, Assam Elephant Foundation, BHUMI, Wildlife Trust of India and The Corbett Foundation are of the opinion that the pressure on rhino poaching in and around Kaziranga by well organised groups is ever increasing and as such the State Government has to enhance protection measures to ensure the long term survival of the pride of Assam, The Rhino. India is a democratic country and its elected leadership knows very well how much and where to use minimum force to protect the sanctity of its National Assets.

The propaganda launched by International Organisations encouraging tourist from abroad not to visit Kaziranga is malafide and totally uncalled for. Be it Kruger or Kaziranga, or any other rhino bearing area in the world, to protect their rhinos all of them have to strengthen their security and by no means is Kaziranga the only  rhino bearing area where gun battles between protection forces and well-armed poachers occur and casualties are accounted for due to such occurrences.

Even in Africa, rhino poachers have been gunned down by park authorities during encounters. Then why is that International Organisations have just selected Kaziranga for its propaganda? - A question these NGOs ask. The action of these International Organisations are misleading and aims at demoralising the hardworking frontline staff of Kaziranga National Park and other security agencies involved in the protection of the fauna and flora of Kaziranga National Park.

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