February 24, 2021, 7:52 pm
Tahjibul Anam, Cox’s Bazar: A wild elephant has died in Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu Upazila’s Dakshin Mithachari after being struck by an electric wire illegally pulled into the forest. The incident took place on Sunday (November 15) at a place called Ghana in Kharliyachhara Shira of the Union on the outskirts of Veer.
However, it is alleged that the elephant was killed in a premeditated manner. Younus Bhutto, chairman of Dakshin Mithachari, confirmed the death of the elephant. However, it was not confirmed how he died. He told this reporter that he was trying to find out the cause of death of the elephant by sending a local member to the spot.
Local range officer Touhidur Rahman said the cause of death of the elephant was not yet known. No signs of injury were seen in the upper part. However, it looks like the elephant is quite old. The veterinary surgeon has been called and sent. The veterinary surgeon can actually diagnose the cause of death.
Necessary measures will be taken after the rescue. According to the locals, a man named Nurul Haque carried about 100 feet of electric wire to his forest project in Ghaena area of Shira under Panerchhara range of the southern forest division. Elephants move through that place almost all the time. The elephant died while navigating the road.
According to a reliable source, the dead elephant came near Lakalaya at night and ate and destroyed various fields including paddy fields. So some lakes in the area have deliberately killed the elephant. Local range officer Touhidur Rahman said the dead elephant was lying on the land. Next to it is the forest. There are houses about 200 meters away from the scene. These houses have electricity connection. It will be investigated whether the elephant was killed by electric shock. Legal action will be taken if there are any signs of murder.
Asked about this, Sheikh Mohammad Nazmul Huda, Deputy Director, Department of Environment, Cox’s Bazar, said, “We received the news at 5.30 pm and our people are going to the spot.” However, the forest department has to play an important role in this regard.
Meanwhile, Assistant Forest Conservator Abdullah Al Mamun said they had visited the site. People of the Animal Resources Department led by the Ramu Upazila Nirbahi Officer have been requested to come to the spot and conduct an autopsy to find out the cause of death of the elephant. According to the latest information, the dead elephant has not been autopsied yet. The cause of death of the elephant will be known after the autopsy, the official said.