MORIGAON, July 30 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has expressed its deep concern over the sordid situation prevailing in all national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of the State during the current wave of flood and demanded adequate measures to stop the mass casualty of wild animals including one-horned rhinos.
An AASU team led by its president Dipankar Nath visited the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary iuwah
n Morigaon district today and expressed apprehension over the plight of wild animals as well as forest protection staff and said that there is every possibility of casualty of rhinos, buffaloes etc.
The AASU president said that the wildlife protection staff at Pobitora have been performing their duties without food, drinking water and, above all, without logistic support. They are not getting even their remunerations, alleged AASU president. The most horrible thing is that both Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are completely under water and all the wild animals including one-horned rhinos are groaning under starvation. The Forest department is playing the role of a mute spectator, said Dipankar Nath at a press conference at Morigaon today adding that there will be mass casualty of wild animal if this situation prevails.
The AASU demanded the Forest and Environment Ministry of Central government to take up needful steps to protect the forest wealth in this unprecedented situation. The AASU also criticised the top brass of the Forest department of the State government who never think of those forest guards who devote their time and energy to protect the wildlife of Assam without food and logistic support.