Jorhat, Oct. 3: Poachers killed a rhino at Kaziranga National Park in the wee hours today but failed to take away the horn because of prompt action by the forest guards.
Forest guards and the poachers also engaged in a fierce gun-battle but the group of poachers managed to escape under cover of darkness.
The carcass of the rhino was found near Sarali forest camp under Burapahar range of the national park.
Empty cartridges of AK-47 rifles were recovered from the encounter site.
Official sources said forest guards rushed to the area after hearing a gunshot from near Sarali camp and accosted the group of poachers.
The carcass of the male rhino was recovered later. “The poachers failed to take away the horn because of prompt action by the forest guards,” a Kaziranga official said.