Rhino Killed in Kaziranga During British Royals' Visit

The incident took place while the British royal couple was spending their second night at the Difflo River lodge.

Published: 14th April 2016 09:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2016 09:13 PM   |  A+A-

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Kaziranga Prince William Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine Kate Duchess of Cambridge feed elephant calves during a visit to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation CWRC near Kaziranga National Park Assam. | PTI

By IANS

GUWAHATI: In a mockery of the so-called tight security arrangements, poachers killed yet another one-horned rhino in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, as British royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton were spending the night at a nearby resort.

"We recovered the carcass of a rhino from the Burhapahar range of the park on Thursday morning. The poachers took away the horn," a park official said on condition of anonymity.

"There were about five poachers in the group last night (Wednesday). Our guards heard gunshots from the range and launched an operation immediately," he said.

"The group of poachers fired and our guards retaliated. However, they managed to cut off the horn and flee," he said.

This was the seventh rhino killed in the national park this year.

The incident took place while the British royal couple was spending their second night at the Difflo River lodge, adjacent to the national park.

The Assam government had issued strict instructions to the park authorities to ensure that no untoward incident takes place during their stay.

On Wednesday morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had visited the Bagori range of the park, 30 km from the Burhapahar range.

They later interacted with forest guards on anti-poaching measures.

The royal couple left for Bhutan on Thursday morning.

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