CHITWAN — The Chitwan National Park on Sunday completed two years of zero rhino poaching.
A one-horn rhino was last killed on May 2, 2014, which is the last recorded poaching in the Park.The Park has then recorded no incident of poaching of the rare wildlife including one-horned rhino and tiger to date.
The Park attributed a modern and scientific security strategy to the success in marking zero poaching years for the second consecutive time.
The Park records show that the fiscal year 2001/02 was the most violent for its one-horned rhinos as 37 of them were killed in the year.
According to CNP Assistant Conservation Officer Nurendra Aryal, a total of 172 rhinos were killed between 2055-56 and 2070-71 while the number of rhinos that died from natural causes in this period was counted at 212.
The overall data suggest that most poaching occurred in the decade-long armed conflict, 1996-2006.
The Park’s Chief Conservation Officer Ram Chandra Kandel said cooperation from the Park staff, Nepal Army and Nepal Police resulted into the significant achievement.
Kandel said that Nepal Army, Park staff, Nepal Police as well as networks of people assigned to inform about the criminal activities have been mobilised at various layers.
Likewise, the World Wildlife Fund and many non-government organisations have been assisting the Park to conserve animals, according to the official.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost