The death of an elephant in the fringes of the Abhoypur Reserved Forest in Sivasagar district in Upper Assam on Thursday has caused concern in the state with the authorities suspecting that miscreants sneaking in from adjoining Nagaland might have been behind it.
The body of the elephant,a full-grown female,was found in a mutilated state at Janakipathar,a village on the fringes of the 600-sq km reserved forest adjoining Nagaland,with portions of its trunk chopped off.
“We have not found any bullet mark on the elephant’s body. We cannot rule out poisoning. But the cause of the death can be ascertained only when we get a detailed report from the forensic science laboratory in Guwahati,” J M Kouli,Conservator,Eastern Assam told The Indian Express on Friday.
While samples of viscera have been already sent to the FSL in Guwahati,the DFO of Sivasagar has filed an FIR with the police in this connection,he said.
This is the second incident of a wild elephant of Abhoypur Reserved Forest being killed. The earlier one occurred in October. Half of Assam’s 5500-plus wild elephants are found in the Eastern Assam region,with Abhoypur having over 300 elephants.
“Wild elephants in Eastern Assam are highly vulnerable to human attacks due to shrinking of habitat,” M C Malakar,Chief Wildlife Warden of the state,said in Guwahati.