GUWAHATI, June 22 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to take all possible measures to protect rhinos.
At a high level meeting with DCs and SPs of Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon districts and senior forest officials in Kaziranga late evening yesterday, the Chief Minister asked them to leave no stone unturned to protect the rhinos from falling prey in the hands of poachers.
�To save rhinos from extinction you have to take it up as a mission to protect them from poachers. To save the pride of Assam we will extend all possible support to you to stop it from extinction,� Sonowal added.
�Whatever measures need to be undertaken will be adopted for protecting the rhinos and Kaziranga National Park � the World Heritage site.
�We will also take advice from international experts on protection of rhinos,� Sonowal said.
�Anyone linked to poaching of rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park will not be spared,� he added.
The Chief Minister appealed to the people living on the fringes of the park to remain alert against rhino poachers and also urged them to identify poachers and those having links with them.
Sonowal also appealed to the journalists to help the Government in its efforts to stop the killing of rhino once and for all.
It maybe mentioned here that two rhinos have been killed by the poachers since the BJP-led government took over charge in the State.