Environment activist Pranabjyoti Sarma of Bongaigaon, who is working
for the conservation of elephants, has rued that his repeated pleas
before the Union Government for initiating steps against the poaching
of elephants have fallen on deaf ears.
Sarma told this newspaper that he has been making his pleas before the
Union Government for initiating steps to save the pachyderm from the
poachers and the smugglers dealing in wildlife parts, since October
2014. He has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union
Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar on the issue making
the above plea. His representations also accompanied a DVD on the
brutal poaching of wild elephants. But so far there is no step
initiated by the Union Government in this regard.
The poachers use to feast on the flesh of their victim pachyderm and
smuggle out the tusks of the tuskers falling prey to them to outside
the country. Some of the poachers include the members of some rebel
groups of the State. These rebels use the money earned from such
illegal trade to procure automatic firearms.