Kaziranga National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, has had at least 55 rhinos killed there in the past 4 years; and that is only the number that is certain. In response rangers have been cracking down on suspected poachers extremely hard, and local villagers are claiming that they have been staging poaching incidents in the park and killing innocent youths in an attempt to bolster their image. The allegations came about when villagers from Silveta, which is 35 km outside the park border, claimed that the rangers killed an innocent villager on May 21st and claimed that he was illegally poaching within the park. Officials later produced 4 individuals whom they claimed to be poachers in the park, but refused to release their names. Villagers are demanding a fair inquiry into the killings be held and those who are responsible brought to justice.
A rhino mother and her baby in Kaziranga National Park.
A one-horned rhino that was shot and killed in Kaziranga National Park.
A ranger from Kaziranga National Park.
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