Just a few hours after Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton visited the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kaziranga Park, poachers shot dead a rhinoceros.
An NDTV report said that forest officials heard a burst of fire at about 11:10 pm on April 13. The royal couple drove through the park , on the same day, in an open jeep with security vehicles escorting them.
Officials said 88 empty cases fired from AK 47s were found near the adult rhino’s body.
The Kaziranga park is home to the world’s biggest population of the one-horned rhino – about 2,400 at last count.
The rhino was killed 20 kM away from the Diphlu river lodge where the royal couple stayed for the night.
During their tour, the couple spoke to officials and villagers about anti-poaching measures and challenges faced by them in their efforts to keep the animals safe.
Six rhinos have been killed by poachers this year.