The three-member Indian expert team arrived in Bangladesh to bring back the stray wild elephant will be leaving in a day or two, leaving the poor animal behind.
Confirming the news, Deputy Conservator of Forest Shahab Uddin told the Dhaka Tribune that the team has already returned to Dhaka on Sunday day evening, after failing to tranqulise the elephant despite repeated efforts, both by Bangladesh forest officials and the Indian expert team for the last three days.
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Locals trying to bring out the starving Indian wild elephant from a mustard field at Panchapir village in Jamalpur's Sarishabari upazila DHAKA TRIBUNE/Bishwajit Deb[/caption]
“We have been trying to tranquilise the elephant by riding on another elephant to get closer but he keeps attacking that elephant,” said veterinary surgeon Syed Hossain from the rescue team.
He added: “After being repeatedly attacked on Saturday, the tame elephant refused to go closer to the wild elephant.”
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The Indian wild elephant was seen roaming around a char in Sirajganj earlier this month DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption]
Currently the elephant is roaming around Harirampur Char at Madarganj upazila of Jamalpur district.
Shahab Uddin, and former Conservator of Forest Tapan Kumer Dey are keeping a close eye on the elephant for now.
The Indian team of experts, consists of retired Conservator of Forests of Assam Rithesh Bhattacharjee, Divisional Forest Officer(Goalpara) Assam Chowdhuri Solmon Uddin and Veterinary Science Professor Swarma Khushal Konowar, arrived arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday and travelled to Jamalpur on Thursday to lead the rescue operation.
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The members of Indian expert team, sent for rescuing the stray wild elephant roaming around the northern districts in Bangladesh, speak at a press conference at Jamalpur Circuit House. Local administration officials were present there too DHAKA TRIBUNE/Bishwajit Deb[/caption]
In addition, a 17-member technical team, including a veterinary surgeon Syed Hossain has been stationed at the spot.
The rescue operation has been conducted with tranquiliser guns, drugs, ropes, elephant trainer, food and necessary transport facilities.
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Locals in a remote char in Jamalpur are seen trying to bring out the stray wild elephant from destroying a grain field DHAKA TRIBUNE/Bishwajit Deb[/caption]
Once the elephant is tranquilised, he will be transported on a truck, the surgeon also said that the elephant might be taken to Bangabandhu Safari Park, Gazipur or Gozni forest in Sherpur depending on the situation before he is sent back to India.
On his journey from Rowmari to Kazipur, the elephant has been spotted on the chars of five different districts, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj in the last one month.
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