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Rhino killed

Jorhat, Feb. 24: Forest guards recovered a bullet-riddled rhino carcass from Kaziranga National Park’s Burapahar range this morning. The animal’s horn had been removed.

Today’s killing has raised the rhino toll in Assam to 17 this year.

Around 36 spent cartridges and two live cartridges of AK-47 rifles were recovered nearby, said Jinaram Bordoloi, ranger of Burapahar range.

“Gunshots were heard at Borsukh forest camp inside the range and (forest guards) had fired back in the direction of the sound. But it was of no use as the rhino had been killed almost 800 metres away from the camp.” A post-mortem revealed that six bullets had pierced the rhino’s body. “We are feeling helpless in the face of such concerted attacks by poachers and all our efforts to control poaching do not seem to be working.”