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Assam: Rhino strays out of Kaziranga Park, dies of starvation in paddy filed in Golaghat

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Guwahati, Feb 7: In a tragic incident, a rhino strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and was found dead in a paddy field in Assam’s Golaghat district.

On Monday evening, locals spotted the dead rhino in a paddy field near Padumoni area of Golaghat. They informed the forest officials, following which the officials reached the spot and found the carcass of the one-horned rhino.

Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia has blamed the local residents and police administration for the death of the rhino.

“The stray rhino is most probably dead and I hold the insensitive crowd and Golaghat Administration solely responsible for it. Forest Officials tried to save it from public atrocities but Golaghat Police did not cooperate,” Mrinal Saikia tweeted.

According to reports, the rhino strayed out of the National Park a few days back triggering panic among the residents of the Padumoni area. The rhino was wandering in the area for the last couple of days, and attacked four people including forest officials.

The forest officials said that the rhino died of starvation.

“The people were seen chasing the rhino for the last five days. The rhino could not take rest and food and as a result died of starvation,” a forest official said.

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