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CBI arrests man from Nagaland in 2012 rhino poaching case

The accused has been identified as Raidang Engti, who hails from Lhomithi Village of Dimapur.   

GUWAHATI:

11 years after committing the crime, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested an absconding accused in a rhino poaching case from Dimapur in Nagaland on Wednesday.

The accused has been identified as Raidang Engti, who hails from Lhomithi Village of Dimapur.

“CBI had registered a case on the request of the Assam government and subsequent notification from the Union government, and taken over the investigation of the FIR No 5/2012 of July 3, 2012, earlier registered at Rongmongwe police station of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district,” said an official of CBI said here on Thursday.

On July 1, 2012, a rhino was killed by unidentified poachers and the horn was poached. The carcass of the rhino was lying in a hola located in between the two numbers of suburi of Long Koi Tisso Gaon.

“During the investigation, it was found that after killing the rhino, the other accused sold the rhino horn to Raidang Engti at Dimapur. The complicity of the accused had emerged as the person through whom the poached rhino horn was traded and transacted for a hefty amount,” he said.

“A chargesheet was filed on March 31, 2018 against five accused,” he said.

“Investigation was kept open regarding the sale of the rhino horn and to arrest the accused whose name had emerged during investigation for purchasing the poached Rhino horn,” the official also said.

The individual will be produced before the CBI court in Dimapur on Thursday evening.

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