Guards busy with Will-Kat as poach­ers kill rhino at Kazi­ranga

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GUWA­HATI: Poach­ers pumped 80 bul­lets into a rhi­noc­eros in As­sam’s Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park and cut off its horn on Wed­nes­day night af­ter some for­est guards were al­legedly de­ployed for the visit of Prince Wil­liam and his wife Kate.

This is the sec­ond rhino killing in the past three days, un­der­lin­ing that lax rules and bu­reau­cratic slips were hurt­ing In­dia’s fight against a thriv­ing net­work of an­i­mal parts smug­glers who use the Myan­mar bor­der to drive their il­le­gal trade. Poach­ers were al­legedly given a free run with the for­est guards busy mak­ing ar­range­ments for the Bri­tish royal cou­ple’s stay at a re­sort in­side the park, sources told HT.

“A male rhino was killed and its horn taken away by arm-ed poach­ers last night,” said Sub­ha­sish Das, di­vi­sional for­est of­fi­cer.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, Wil­liam and Kate, at the Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park in As­sam on Wed­nes­day.

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