By Bimal Khatiwada
Conservationists have expressed their concerns over frequent attacks on wild elephant s by people as well as authorities concerned. On Saturday, an elephant from the Chitwan National Park died after a team of national park authorities sedated it at Amiliya village in the district. Local people in the area, who were terrified after the elephant killed one Sher Bahadur Pariyar 10 days ago, had been demanding that the 40-year-old pachyderm be brought under control. The national park officials were tranquilising the elephant in order to put a radio collar around its neck. However, the tusker died of respiratory problem as it collapsed on a steep slope after it was sedated. According to the autopsy report, the position in which the elephant collapsed had put pressure on its lungs and caused problem in breathing. “We are saddened by the death of the elephant . We should be concerned towards conserving rare animals,” said conservationist Ramprit Yadav. He stressed on unity among people to conserve such animals. “It is the need of the hour to make local people aware about the ways to be safe from elephant s and ways to chase them away, instead of killing them,” he said. Meanwhile, the whereabouts of an elephant , also called Dhrube, from the national park, which killed Buddhimaya Bote and his wife Jariya of Gardi VDC-9 and had been wrecking havoc in the Madi area, is still unknown. Following pressure by local people to kill the elephant and compensate the victims, the national park deployed a Nepal Army team to search for the tusker. A source said the authority concerned fired 47 rounds at Dhrube. A CNP source said preparations are under way to put a solar-powered electric fencing in the affected area to provide security to local people and conserve elephants. Ten elephants are said to be living in the national park.