The Assam government has started the process of verification of the rhino horns, which are stocked at the treasuries of the state. 

The verification of the rhino horns is being done to reconcile and destroy them, barring the ones linked to court cases or required for scientific purposes. 

The process of verification of rhino horns began on August 18 at the Morigaon treasury. 

Thus far, as many as 261 rhino horns have been verified, of which 241 have been marked for destruction and 18 for preservation. 

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The verification exercise is being carried out by seven zonal committees and one technical panel constituted by the Assam chief wildlife warden. 

There were as many as 2020 horns in 12 treasuries of Assam in the year 2016. 

The horns are mostly retrieved from rhinos that die of natural causes. 

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