The forest department was successful in tranquillising and shifting a rogue elephant in Haridwar on Friday. The elephant had killed a man in Hardiwar recently, forcing the department to launch the special operation. Incidentally, the same elephant had created trouble earlier this year and was moved out of the Jawalpur locality by executing a complicated exercise.
The killer elephant became active in its old area at Jawalapur after almost ten months. Fifty-two-year-old Virendra Singh was trampled to death by the tusker on 14 November. Last time, the jumbo was released in the wild by fixing a radio collar. The device helped the forest department track the location of the elephant.
Rajaji Tiger Reserve’s director Sanatan Sonker said, “We will be keeping the elephant at Mithawalla and monitoring its activities.” The operation was technical. A team of veterinarians tranquillised the elephant and after that a crane was used for lifting and placing the jumbo on a truck. Even on 21 January this year, the same operation was executed to move the jumbo into the deep jungle.
But as winters approached, the tusker returned to his old area and began venturing into habitat areas. In January, the same elephant had turned dangerous and was constantly entering human settlement. The animal killed two persons and injured two others creating terror in Haridwar.
After the 14 November incident, the forest department launched a special operation. The jumbo was constantly dodging the staff by hiding here and there. But on Friday, the elephant was tracked, tranquilised and shifted.