GUWAHATI: Recently an elephant from Assam was washed away by the current of Brahmaputra, and entered Bangladesh. On 27 June a female elephant was separated from her herd in the state and washed away by the Brahmaputra and entered Bangladesh. Forest officials believed that the elephant might have been detached from the herd in Kaziranga National Park when it was in spate. Last week the elephant was found on sandbars in Chikajani union in Jamalpur district of Bangladesh.
Animal protection organization, the Humane Society International, India (HSII) has sought external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s intervention in expediting the process for rescuing Assam’s elephant. They have pleaded for speedy intervention as rescuing the elephant at the earliest has become imperative to prevent distress to the pachyderm as well as locals of the area.
While it is believed that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has been in contact with its Bangladesh counterparts and has received consent from the Bangladeshi Government for the rescue team to travel to Bangladesh and undertake rescue efforts, the request for permissions for the team’s travel and action plans are pending approval with the Ministry of External Affairs. The MoEFCC has formed four-member rescue team and has issued directions to the state forest departments in Assam and Meghalaya to coordinate rescue efforts.
HSII has pointed out that the elephant has reportedly become feeble due to the lack of food, which necessitated rescue operation at the earliest.