GUWAHATI: In a one of a kind for the country. A total of 2479 horns of single-horned Rhinos have burned in its first-of-its-kind event to put an end to poaching in Assam.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma was present to lead the fiction which was naked with a puja ceremony.
Assam CM tweeted about the historic occasion:
Today is a historic day for Assam & India. We have taken an extraordinary step of burning stockpile of 2479 horns of single-horned Rhinos, first-of-its-kind globally in volume terms, pursuing vision of Hon PM Sri @narendramodi of putting an end to poaching in Assam 1/2@PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/4SuN0XuCWB— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 22, 2021
One-horned rhino is not only integral to our civilisation, but also a symbol of our prized heritage and identity.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 22, 2021
We are preserving 94 rhino horns for display at a museum to be set up at Kaziranga National Park.
The use of rhinos' horns for medicinal purposes is a myth. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/rr96fNQdXi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated the Chief Minister and people of Assam on their historic step. He tweeted:
Commendable effort by Team Assam. The One-Horned Rhino is India's pride and all steps will be taken for its well-being. https://t.co/dyJniYW7yz— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2021
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the function was held to give a message to the world that there is no medicinal value of the rhino horns.
He further added that burning horns would give a strong message to the world that any seized drug would earn revenue hence the move is to send a strong message against such illegal practice.
The biggest-ever stockpile of rhino horns was consigned to flames at Bokakhat on World Rhino Day amidst the chanting of hymns and the blowing of conch shells to dispel the myths associated with rhino horns.
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