Elephant strays near Air Force airstrip in Purnea

The administration and local residents had not managed to drive out the elephant by Friday evening.

By: Express News Service | Patna | Published: January 23, 2016 3:48 am
stray elephant, stray elephant purnea, stray elephant on airstrip, air force base, india news The elephant could not be driven out of the airport till Friday evening. (Express Photo by Narendra Kumar Niraj)

An elephant entered Purnea’s Chunapatti Air Force airbase by breaking through its boundary wall on Friday, sending the district forest department and the local administration into a tizzy. The elephant strayed into Araria, near Purnea, from Nepal four days ago, police said.

The airbase is used for take-off and landing by the Air Force and special flights. The administration and local residents had not managed to drive out the elephant by Friday evening.

The district forest department said it suspected that the same elephant killed a 15-year-old boy in Araria on Thursday.

Neeraj, a local photographer, said, “The elephant dashed against the boundary wall and entered the airport. It was moving alongside the airbase wall, when locals spotted it and started shouting. The elephant then broke through the brick wall and entered the airbase.”

Purnea District Forest Officer BB Singh: “We have been trying to drive out or catch the elephant with the help of experts called in from Kolkata and Hyderabad. We are trying to keep it away from human habitation.”

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