A four-year-old elephant that got separated from its herd at Bansber in the Katapharai area of Lalgarh was captured by foresters on Sunday. It was later sent to Jhargram zoo. A source said a few elephants from the herd have already returned to Jharkhand’s Dalma, while the rest is roaming around the forests of Midnapore. Midnapore DFO Rabindranath Saha said the forest staff had been keeping a watch on the elephant for the past few days. He said that the elephant would be treated at the zoo and then it would be used by the forest department, as it might not be accepted by its herd.
Meanwhile, one person from Odisha – Khageshwar Das – was arrested from Kharagpur station with a five-feet python on Sunday.- Sujay Khanra
Following directives from senior officials on Sunday, the forest officials used tranquillizer gun to capture the elephant. DFOs of other zones in Midnapore (west) — Kharagpur and Rupnarayanpur — Anjan Guha and Arnab Sengupta had also joined in the tranquillising process. There were two veterinary doctors also in the team to aid the elephant in case of any exigency and who treated it. Even the CRP of Kataphari had helped in shifting the elephant. The weight of the jumbo is 250 kg.