Two rhino poachers killed in encounter in Assam

Tezpur: Two rhino poachers were killed in an encounter with forest protection personnel inside Orang National Park in Assam's Udalguri district today.

Orang National Park Divisional Forest Officer S Dahal said that acting on a tip-off, Forest Protection Force personnel surrounded the poachers at Rowmaria area inside the Park and an encounter followed lasting for more than an hour.

The two poachers were killed in the encounter and the security forces recovered a 3.3 rifle and a 9 mm pistol from the slain poachers, Dahal said.

The security forces were conducting a combing operation inside the Park, he added.