Leader killed in tusker attack

- LAXMI SAH, BARA

Oct 5, 2014-

A CPN-Maoist leader was killed near Amlekhagunj Oil Corporation in the district on Sunday after being attacked by a wild elephant.

Ganga Bal Rawal, 35, of Amlekhagunj-4 died on the spot following the attack, police said. Rawal, a central secretariat member of CPN-Maoist aligned All Nepal Women’s Association (Revolutionary), was out for a morning walk when the elephant that strayed from nearby forest attacked her, local people said. With this, four persons were killed in elephant attacks in the area in the past one and a half month.

Wild elephants have been rampaging villages like Nijgad, Kakadiprasauna, Tangiyabasti, Kohalbi and Sapahi for the past some months while they have destroyed crops planted on hundreds of bighas of farmland, said local people who are terrified due to recent surge in elephant attacks.

“Local people are unable to sleep well due to increase in elephant attacks. We are living in constant fear as we do not know when and where the elephant will attack us,” said Ramesh Patel of Gadimai-16.

The District Forest Office (DFO) and District Administration Office (DAO) have increased their efforts to control elephant menace in the villages.

“We have asked local people to take various safety measures to stay safe and avoid walking alone.,” said Upendra Patel, chief of Sector Forest Office at Tamagadi, adding that habitat loss has worsened the problem.  He said that they, with the help of security force and local people, have started regular patrol in the villages to chase away wild elephants.

Earlier, a campaign was launched in Tangiya settlement to chase away wild elephants with the help of four domestic elephants from Parsa Wildlife Reserve at the request of the DFO and DAO.  At that time, security force had managed to chase away wild elephants towards nearby forest, which is around 10 kilometers away from the human settlement.

Published: 06-10-2014 09:35

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