Wild elephant kills 2, damages 60 houses
Two people were killed and at least 60 houses were damaged by a wild elephant at Uparmara village under Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district yesterday.
The dead were identified as Aminur Rahman, 30, and Azhar Ali, 48.
The officer-in-charge of Patgram Police Station said Aminur and Azhar were trampled to death by the elephant that entered the village at around 6:15 am.
The people of Uparmar left their houses and took shelter at the nearby village as soon as the elephant entered the village.
Major Monwar of 31 Rifles Battalion said the BDR personnel killed the elephant by firing 20 rounds of bullets at about 5:45 pm.
He said the BDR men shot at the elephant on advice of the Indian wildlife experts who reached the village at about 2:15pm and failed to contain it (elephant).
North Bengal Forest Officer Patel, who led the Indian experts, told journalists that it was a male elephant and came from the hills of Koochbihar district.
The Indian experts tried hard for about two hours to bring the wild elephant under control by two pet elephants brought by them, but failed to do so.
At about 4:15 pm, they fired tranquilliser dart into the elephant's body. As the tranquilliser failed to act into its body, the Indian experts advised BDR to open fire on it, said Pathgram Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Kazi Abu Taher.