How Assam MLA Helped Capture “Laden”, A Rogue Elephant That Killed 5

Padma Hazarika joined the hunt for “Laden” the rogue elephant later.


This rogue tusker shared the identical identify as terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, and like him, unleashed a reign of terror in Assam’s Goalpara district over a interval of 1 month. It even killed 5 villagers in a current rampage, confining native residents to their houses for worry that they might be the following to come back beneath its mammoth toes.

Assist lastly arrived within the type of a crew led by Padma Hazarika, the BJP MLA from Sootea, who captured “Laden” on Monday and handed it over to the forest division. And the act has earned the politician — who belongs to a household that has historically captured, educated and domesticated elephants — a pat on the again from Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal himself.

“MLA Padma Hazarika’s act of capturing the wild elephant is highly praiseworthy. As a true public representative, the Sootea MLA offered his help to the forest department to provide succour to the people who were living under constant fear of attack by the wild tusker. His success in capturing the elephant is an example of his expertise in the field,” a press release issued by Mr Sonowal learn.

The MLA had initially despatched one among his educated elephants to assist others from the Assam forest division seize the rogue animal. He later joined the operation himself, serving to the crew of elephant specialists seize “Laden”.

The observe of naming rogue elephants in Assam as “Laden” started in 2006, when the phobia mastermind was actively pursuing terror operations throughout the globe. One other tusker with the identical title had killed a dozen folks in Assam’s Sonitpur district again then, and needed to be shot useless.

Practically 2,300 folks have been killed by elephants throughout the nation during the last 5 years, official figures launched in June declare. The variety of elephant deaths, then again, comes as much as 700 since 2011.

Elephants continuously migrate into Goalpara, leading to excessive numbers of deadly encounters with people amid rampant deforestation.

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