By A Newsman
Siliguri, 18 May: WILDLIFE poachers today exchanged bullets with forest guards at the Gorumara National Park in north Bengal.
The incident took place today morning at Dhupjhora area inside Gorumara National Park and following this, forest guards have been able to nab one of the suspected poachers.
Forest department sources said that early this morning they heard gunshots from Dhupjhora-I forest beat when some wild elephants were roaming about the area. Armed forest guards soon marched inside and spotted three men, with two of them carrying firearms.
The forest guards asked the trio to surrender but they started fleeing while firing bullets targeting the foresters. The forest guards also retaliated, but none was injured in the exchange of bullets. Two of the armed poachers managed to escape by crossing over the Mutri river, but the forest guards managed to nab the third one from Batabari area.
Subsequently, forest guards and jawans of the Sashastra Seema Bal began a combing operation for the other poachers. Until evening they have not been able to achieve success. It is suspected that the poachers were out to kill one-horned rhino that are found in Gorumara National Park.
Conservator of forest (wildlife north Bengal), Sumita Ghatak, said that foresters were questioning the arrested men to find out the details of his group and its modus operandi