On June 18th last year, deep inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, two men killed a female rhino for her horn. The poachers were so elated that they took a selfie right then and there, posing proudly with the butchered rhino. Little did they know then, that 7 months later, it would be this fateful selfie that would land them in jail.

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Ruful Ali from Assam and Loisha Sema from Nagaland  were arrested this week by the Assam police from Jakhalabandha in central Assam’s Nagaon district. The police got crucial evidence in the form of the selfies taken by the two poachers which led them to the arrest.

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Selfie of Ali shows the two rifles in the backdrop

Selfie of Ali shows the two rifles in the backdrop

The selfies were sent by a police ‘informer’ and shows Ali smiling with two automatic rifles in the backdrop. The two confessed to the crime.

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Attack On Kaziranga Rhinos

The rhino killed by Ali and Sema is one of the 18 that died last year due to poaching in Assam. Rhinos are targeted by poachers in order to get the horns that are illegally sold to South east Asia markets where rhino horns is used for traditional medicines. Till date, it has not been proven if rhino horns are as magical in curing health conditions as it is claimed, but the killing of rhinos continues.

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Since 2001, 245 rhinos have died due to such poaching at Kaziranga National Park.

At least these two selfie crazy poachers will not be harming more rhinos anytime soon.

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About Atula Gupta

Atula Gupta is the Founder and Editor of indiasendangered.com. Her work has appeared in a number of international websites, dailies and magazines including The Wire, Deccan Herald, New Indian Express, Down to Earth and Heritage India on issues related to environment and its conservation. She is also the author of Environment Science Essentials, a set of books for school children. She hopes this website provides a platform for people to be aware about species in the verge of extinction and heighten their conservation efforts.

2 thoughts on “Selfie Inside Kaziranga National Park Gets Poachers In Jail

  1. How do you feel about all the controversy surrounding Kaziranga National Park, with the BBC documentary on the shooting of poachers, to the expanding of the park to exclude people who have lived there all their lives?

    1. The BBC documentary has faltered in its investigation, and it isn’t that easy to put in black and white on what’s good and what’s not good happening in Kaziranga. The guards have their constraints and the documentary is one sided and biased from the beginning till the end.

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