KOHORA, Nov 18 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has expressed serious concern over the unethical attitude on the part of the authority of Kaziranga National Park by not allowing even mediapersons to visit the park to take stock of the situation arising out of killing and cutting of horns inside the Park area in recent times, leave alone other like-minded civil organisations.
Expressing serious reservation over this issue at Kohora today, Dipak Hazarika , central joint secretary of AJYCP, said that they had every reason to believe that actual figure of rhino mortality due to rampant killings might have been hidden by the Forest authority from the general public, adding that there is a nexus between a few Forest staff and poachers which led to killings of rhinos in Kaziranga since poachers could easily get the logistic support to carry out their illegal activities.
Lamenting the indifferent attitude of the Assam Government, Hazarika said that State government must take steps to deport the suspected illegal Bangladeshis living in and around the Kaziranga National Park. Expressing disappointment, Hazarika said that the Forest Minister should resign for his failure in controlling the wildlife-related crime in Kaziranga, adding that police are doing a great job in apprehending a number of poachers in recent time instead of the Forest department which seems to be interested in taking credit only.
The AJYCP further demanded proper CBI probe to ascertain the actual expenditure facts of Project Tiger fund in Kaziranga during 2010-2011 period, which is said to be around Rs 5 crore as well as 2011 -2012 period which amounts to Rs 12 crore. AJYCP further urged the Chief Minister to look into the matter seriously not as a head of the State but as a son of soil of Assam.
It is worth mentioning that several organisations have been asking from time to time for proper investigation into expenditure of funds under Project Tiger in Kaziranga and make it public since there is an apprehension among the people of Kaziranga that funds are not being utilized properly and might have been misused with the help of some NGOs which is not healthy in terms of conservation and protection of wildlife in the long term.