By Samudra Gupta Kashyap
Three wild elephants were found dead in a paddy field in Assam’s Sivasagar district on Monday. Authorities suspect they were poisoned.
The carcasses of the elephants — two males and one female — were found near Kokilamari village by villagers who alerted the police. The police in turn alerted forest department officials.
“A post-mortem examination has been carried out on all three carcasses, a report of which is awaited. While there are no visible external injuries we strongly suspect the elephants were poisoned,” Sivasagar divisional forest officer N K Malakar said over the telephone. He said one elephant was around 20 years old and the other two were aged around 15.
Malakar said the elephants were part of a herd that has been moving from the Kaziranga National Park in the west to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park on the east for the last few years.
Locals in Sivasagar say the herd is causing extensive damage to standing crops, particularly paddy and plantains.