The rogue bull elephant, named after the infamous elusive terrorist Osama bin Laden, has finally been captured in Assam’s Goalpara on November 11th, 2019.
A team led by Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika successfully managed to capture and tranquillize the male, tuskless elephant which killed five persons in a single night last month in a state of ‘musth’.
On November 11th, 2019, Hazarika joined the team of officials attempting to capture the elephant. Drones were sued to locate the elephant. The MLA has also lent his trained elephant to help capture Laden.
Appreciating Hazarika for leading from the front, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted, “An elephant, terrorising the local populace in Goalpara for quite some time, has finally been neutralised much to the relief of the masses. Kudos to MLA Shri Padma Hazarika for leading from the front in the mission to capture the wild jumbo.”
Chief Minister Sonowal has earlier ordered to tranquilise the elephant. Sonowal has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the attack.
The Assam forest department will now translocate the pachyderm far away from human settlement. The elephant will be radio-collared before being translocated, informed Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya.
Incidences of the man-elephant conflict saw a considerable rise in the last few years in Assam. Expansion of human habitat and destruction of animals’ natural habitat has resulted in elephants foraging for food where humans are situated.