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2 killed while protesting evictions near Indian rhino park

  • A mahout guides a forest department elephant to demolish a house on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A mahout guides a forest department elephant to demolish a house on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • Authorities demolish houses at Bandardubi village on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Authorities demolish houses at Bandardubi village on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • A mahout guides a forest department elephant to demolish a house at Bandardubi village, on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A mahout guides a forest department elephant to demolish a house at Bandardubi village, on the periphery of the Kaziranga National Park, northeastern Assam state, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Authorities ordered the demolition of around 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal, a top police official said. Two people were killed and several others were injured Monday when villagers clashed with police while protesting the demolition of their homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

A police official says two people were killed and several others injured when police fired to disperse people protesting the demolition of their homes near a national park in northeastern India.

Mukesh Aggarwal said authorities ordered the demolition of 300 houses in three villages to evict people living on the periphery of the Kaziranga rhino sanctuary to stop rampant poaching of the rare animal.

The villagers pelted the police with stones, injuring around 10 policemen, and security forces responded by firing in which two people were killed, he said.

An estimated 2,500 out of the world's 3,000 one-horned rhinos live in Kaziranga. Powder made from their horns is coveted in many Asian countries as a medicine or an aphrodisiac.