Guwahati, 11 November: Actor-producer Aamir Khan, who left Assam today for Mumbai, lauded the conservation effort of the State forest department, but the irony is that he was subsequently greeted by news of rhino poaching in Orang National Park.
Mr Khan complimented the rhino conservation efforts while taking a jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park, but the poachers brought sad news with the killing of two one-horned rhinos in Orang the day before his departure.
The forest officials of Orang National Park recovered the carcasses of a female rhino and her calf. The horn of the adult had already been taken away by the poachers. On 2 November, the 78.81-sq km forest reserve, which has nearly 100 rhinos, had lost another one of the animals to poachers.
Before flying back to Mumbai from Tejpur on Monday morning, Mr Khan, however, expressed his optimism that Assam would continue creating history in successful wildlife conservation.
He also urged everyone in the country to visit Assam and get a feel of the ‘unique’ state. SNS