Koshi Tappu ‘killer’ elephant kills one more personThe park officials had been saying that the elephant had gone calmer after it was darted last week.
The male elephant that has been wreaking havoc in the buffer zone areas of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve has once again killed a person, park officials said on Tuesday.
According to Jhaulai Chaudhary, information officer at the park, 27-year-old Motilal Kamat of Shripur area in Koshi Rural Municipality-5 was killed by the wild tusker on Monday. His body was discovered on Tuesday morning.
“The body was recovered from the Koshi Katan area this morning,” said Chaudhary.
The adult male elephant has been causing mayhem in the park’s surrounding areas for a long time, local residents say. In a recent incident, the elephant had killed 28-year-old Pramod Yadav of Koshi Rural Municipality on December 14, leading to intense calls from his kin and local residents to execute the animal.
However, the local authorities considering to kill the elephant was met with criticism from wildlife conservationists, who say there are many other ways to tame the animal.
Following growing demands from the local residents to manage the wild elephant, a team of wildlife technicians from Chitwan was called to pacify the animal. Park officials had said that the elephant had gone calmer after it was darted last week.
The latest incident of the elephant attack has resulted in a protest by local residents, who are demanding a sustainable solution to manage the killer elephant. Agitated villagers carried the body of Kamat to the East-West Highway and blocked vehicular movement on Tuesday.
Later, the protesters marched towards the park headquarters at West Kushaha for a sit-in protest.
“The meeting between park officials, local authorities and local residents is ongoing,” said Chaudhary. “The body will be sent to a lab for postmortem.”