Assam to battle poachers with AK 47s

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Assam to battle poachers with AK47s

Assam has got permission to arm its forest guards with weapons like AK47s to fight heavily-armed poachers, the state’s Environment and Foreign Minister Rockybul Hussain said Thursday.

The minister’s comments came as another rhino fell prey to greed at the sprawling Kaziranga National Park, about 200 km from Guwahati, Assam’s key city.

“We have been allowed by the centre to (arm forest guards) with sophisticated weapons like AK47,” Hussain said.

The minister said the use of AK47 in the latest killing of an one-horned rhino at Kaziranga was “very worrying”.IANS

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