GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika will help the forest department in capturing the wild elephant which had reportedly killed five people in Goalpara recently.
Forest department officials say Hazarika had expertise in the field – owing to family tradition – and he had offered his help in the operation to which the department agreed.
The BJP legislator today visited Goalpara to oversee the preparations.
“He has already sent two of his elephants to Goalpara. The forest department has already mobilized two kumkis from Manas, and one each from Orang and Kaziranga are also being brought. Other equipment are being arranged. The operation to capture the elephant is likely to be launched on Monday or Tuesday,” a forest official said.
The forest department said over the next two days the ground for the capture will be prepared. Following the capture, the wild jumbo is likely to be translocuted to Lumding.
The elephant, which was spotted by drones in Satabari Reserve Forest of Goalpara, is being kept under watch.
The forest department has ascertained that the bull-elephant is not the same elephant (Laden) which had been responsible for killing of over 30 people in the district in the last two years. It is a new individual, a musth.
At least nine human casualties were reported in man-elephant conflict-hit Goalpara this year.
For the last one year, the forest department had been contemplating on capturing and translocating the wild jumbo ‘Laden’ which had been creating terror in the Rongjuli-Krishnai-Goalpara belt. Laden – an ‘outcast’ from a herd – has also been moving around alone.
There are two herds of elephants which move around in the Rongjuli-Goalpara area which have come down from the Garo Hills.