KOKRAJHAR, OCT 2: More than 500 poachers including timber smugglers have again returned to the mainstream on Saturday by surrendering with arms and poached materials before the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) administration and forest department authority at a programme held at Bengtol in Chirang district.
The huge numbers of poachers have come to the mainstream within nearly ten days of 57 poachers had returned to the mainstream by surrendered on 22nd September last at Saraibil area as BTR administration and forest department have been initiating to make healthy conservation and protection of natural resources including Raimona and Manash National Park in Bodoland Territorial Region districts in days to come.
More than 500 poachers from different areas like Raimona under Kachugaon forest division, Ultapani, Saralpara, Lungsung under Haltugaon forest division, Ripu Chirang Reserve forest area along the Indo-Bhutan border have surrendered before the BTR administration and forest department authorities and deposited huge amounts of hand made arms, animal horns during the surrender ceremony.
BTR executive member for Forest & Environment Ranjit Basumatary, MLA Jayanta Basumatary,BTR executive members Dhananjay Basumatary, Gautam Das, Special DGP and in-charge IGP (BTR) Dr L R Bishnoi, Chirang SP Pranjit Bora, Forest department official Anurag Singh were prominent attendees on the occasion.
Poachers have deposited several 257 hand made arms,70 nos of wood cutter machine,12 nos of Deer horns, huge amounts of explosive materials, bicycles etc before the BTR administration and forest department authorities.
BTR administration authorities have offered warm welcome and felicitation to the poachers who have come to the mainstream by avoiding poaching activities in the region.
BTR executive member Ranjit Kumar said that the forest department and BTR administration have taken strong initiative to make a healthy conservation and protection of the natural resources and bringing a step to make hotspot of tourist sector of Raimona and Manash National Park as well other forest region in Bodoland belt.
He informed that all poachers who have returned to the mainstream by surrendering before the BTR administration, they would be given away rehabilitation and financial suoports from the BTR administration.
He said that BTR administration and forest department are jointly working towards the healthy conservation and protection of the natural resources.
He has sought cooperation and support from all sections of communities society while conservation of the national parks in Bodoland belt.
BTR CEM Pramod Boro has hailed the poachers who have returned to the mainstream by surrendering before the BTR administration on Saturday.
He said that BTR region have huge potentialities of tourism sector as natural resources of BTR districts are attractive.
He said that BTR administration is taking strong interest to make upift and development of the national parks for the attraction of national and international tourists in days to come.