The animal, which appeared in the park's Biswanath division, gored and killed 2 villagers before it was put down by forest officials Credit: Representational image

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A wild buffalo of the Kaziranga National Park was gunned down by forest officials “in self-defence” on Friday after it went on a rampage and gored two persons to death.

The animal, which appeared in the park’s Biswanath division, had gored and killed a villager, Jayanta Das (45), on Thursday morning. By the time the forest guards and police officials prepared to drive the animal away, it had already gored and killed another person, 55-year-old Sukur Ali, on Friday morning.

A forest official said the animal was finally put down in self-defence.

The rampagging bufallo had injured two more people, who were admitted to a hospital and stated to be out of danger. Forest officials blamed community fishing, organised as a part of the celebration of harvest festival Bhogali Bihu, for the unfortunate incidents.

On January 13 and 14, over 3,000 people had illegaly entered the First Addition to the park for community fishing, defying prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC.

According to officials, people unlawfully entered the park, forcing the animals to move from the southern side to the northern side. Some people reportedly crossed over the Brahmaputra river and entered the north bank area, Biswanath.

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