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Elephant shot dead

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 13, 2009

An elephant is suspected to have been shot dead at Bamandangi in Nepal on Saturday evening, reports our Siliguri correspondent. Forest officers of Darjeeling and Kurseong said the body of the male elephant was found in the forest of the neighbouring country.

“The body was spotted at Sunnychowk, located 3km from the border,” an officer of the Darjeeling forest division (wildlife-I) said.

According to the foresters, a herd of about 30 elephants was roaming in the Kalabari forest under Kurseong forest division, over the past couple of days. The herd frequently entered the adjacent Bamondangi forest and the deceased animal was perhaps one in the group that crossed the border last night.

Describing the incident as an “inhuman act”, Bengal forest minister Ananta Roy said: “I am going to refer the incident to the chief minister so that he recommends intervention of the central government.”

Source: The Telegraph

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