A forest department staffer was killed in an attack by a rhino inside Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) in lower Assam on Friday morning.
Animesh Deka, a forest guard of the park, was attacked by a rhino while on duty at the Bhuyapara Range of the national park.
“Deka succumbed on the spot as a result of the attack. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival,” said an official of Manas National Park.
34-year-old Deka, a resident of Dekapara area of Bhabanipur in Baksa district, got married just three months back.
The Manas National Park (MNP) was reopened for tourism in October last year after remaining closed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The MNP was elevated to a biosphere reserve in 1989 by UNESCO while it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1995.