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