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28 pig carcasses recovered by KNP authority

By Correspondent

DERGAON, May 4 - As many as 28 carcasses of pigs were recovered by Kaziranga National Park (KNP) authority till Monday. The carcasses of pigs, died due to suspected swine fever in the upstream areas of Brahmaputra, were thrown into the river.

The Forest personnel under Biswanath Wildlife Division (BWD), Biswanath Chariali recovered altogether 28 carcasses from different locations under the division during the period from April 30 to May 3. The carcasses being a threat to the animals of KNP, specially wild boars, were disposed of with salt and lime.

The Forest personnel under the active supervision of the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of BWD Mukut Das recovered the carcasses from Baahbari (5), Bogoriati (3) under Biswanath Revenue Circle, Bhumuraguri (1) (Tezpur circle), Kotual Buroimukh (8) (Gohpur circle), Bholakata Chapori Bhujmari (3), Kote Tapu (1), Kote Chapori (5) (Biswanath circle) and Pohubali Pahutapu (2) (Helem circle).

The DFO later lodged and FIR at River Police Organisation, Biswanath Ghat against such illegal deeds on Sunday. Police registered a case (No. 3/ 2020) and investigation is going on. The DFO Mukut Das told this correspondent that the carcasses might harm the wildlife of KNP.

�We have strengthen our eastern boundary to recover more carcasses to protect the wildlife of the park,� he said.

�We have also organised several awareness programmes as a joint venture with State Veterinary department where we have also succeeded as the villagers buried their pigs in the areas of the upstream of Brahmaputra,� the DFO said.

The villagers of the areas like Raonamukh under Gohpur subdivision in Biswanath Chariali district in the northern part of Assam buried their pigs on a large-scale.

The KNP director P Sivakumar said that every step has been taken to create awareness among the masses not to throw carcasses of pigs into rivers.

The president of frontline organisation working for environment conservation AASHRAY Biren Ch Saikia urged the owner of pig farms to be more cautious in this crisis period.

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