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1 dead, 7 hurt as rhino goes on rampage

- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA
1 dead, 7 hurt as rhino goes on rampage

Mar 31, 2015-

A rhino that strayed from the Chitwan National Park (CNP) on Monday morning went on a rampage in Hetauda Sub-metropolis, killing one woman and injuring seven persons before security personnel steered it back into the forest.

The deceased has been identified as Hari Maya Dahal, 61, of Hetauda-8. The injured are undergoing treatment in Hetauda Hospital.

Despite efforts from forest guards, Nepal Police and Nepal Army personnel to corner it, the wild animal reached as far as Buddha Chowk, the main hub of the city. It had also entered the Hetauda Hospital premises where it injured three people. The rhino stayed on the hospital premises for about three hours before reaching the District Postal Office. After attacking two staffers at the office, the pachyderm made its way into the bushes along the TCN Road where it remained for about four hours.

Security personnel, aided by four elephants brought from the CNP and Parsa Wildlife Reserve, were finally able to drive the animal back into the jungle near the Rapti river.

“We have been cornering the rhino with the help of the elephants and are trying to guide it into the Parsa Wildlife Reserve,” said District Forest Officer Rajendra Neupane.

The animal was provoked by the noise from the crowd, which made it charge indiscriminately at the people, said Kamal Jung Kunwar of the CNP.

Published: 31-03-2015 08:29

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