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Travel Business Review - 11 February 2013

The Indian government is said to be considering the idea of imposing shoot-on-sight orders at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, which is famous for its rhinoceros population.

Despite on-going efforts, the national park has become the haunt of poachers intent on killing the rhino population for their valuable horns. With existing efforts having failed, the government is now considering a shoot-on-sight order that would prevent any human movement in the park. The minister for Environment and Forests in Assam, Rockybul Hussain, said that the poachers sell the rhinoceros horn for use as an aphrodisiac. He said that the government was planning to install high power electronic eye cameras to monitor the movement of suspicious persons inside the park and prevent the poaching.

The problem has been made worse by the presence of extremist groups in the park. These groups have turned to poaching, and kill the rhinoceros to take their horns and sell them to raise money for their political cause. Poachers are also said to be using sophisticated weapons, and the existing defences are proving to be no match for the poachers' technology.

According to available figures, poaching has claimed the lives of eight rhinos so far in 2013, which has put the onus on the government to act. The chief minister of the state, Tarun Gogoi, has already asked the police to help forest department officials to fight back against the illegal activities.

The forest ministry is now also seeking help from outside agencies to preserve the animals. The department has already called for help from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to take the full responsibility for the project. A team of officials from the Corbett National Park is believed to have visited the park for a ground-level study.

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