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Special training for forest officials concludes in Kaziranga National Park

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Feb 2020 7:59 AM GMT

A Correspondent

Numaligarh: A special training on the investigation of offense and report writing for the forest officials concerned concluded in Kaziranga National Park on Tuesday. The training was organized by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) with the support of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Assam Forest Department.

All together 15 forest officials in the rank of Forester -1 (FR-1) of Assam Forest Department from three national parks participated in the training. Among the participants, eight were from Manas Tiger Reserve (MTR) and five from Kaziranga National Park and two from Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

Pallab Lochan Das, MP and member of the governing body of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), inaugurated inaugural session of the fourth special workshop on wildlife enforcement organized by IFAW-WTI with Assam Forest Department in Kaziranga National Park on February 14.

The five-day workshop focussed on crime investigation, recording and preparing complaints for trial court. The objective was to improve conviction in wildlife offenses through quality complaint filing in the legal forum.

Bhupen Talukdar, Divisional Conservator of Forest (Rtr), renowned wildlife crime and investigation expert-cum-trainer, Rizaul Haque, advocate and legal consultant of Manas Tiger Reserve (MTR) trained the participants on the crime- scenario investigation procedure and offence report writing to strengthen the legal battle for conviction of criminals in the eyes of law during the five-day session. The participants also learnt from the practical crime scene investigation sessions in the training.

P Siva Kumar, Director, Kaziranga National Park, Ramesh Gogoi, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Eastern Assam Wildlife Division (EAWLD) along with Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury, Regional Co-ordinator of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), also encouraged the participants by sharing their field experience on wildlife crime for the betterment of the protection of the national parks in Assam.

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