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Tusker destroys 30 houses‚ crops in Rautahat villages



RAUTAHAT: Despite several attempts, the authorities have failed to tame a wild tusker, which is on the rampage in Laxmaniya and surrounding areas, damaging houses and crops.

Though a four-member team led by Suraj Chaudhary of Chitwan National Park and the National Trust for Nature Conservation was waiting to ambush and dart the beast at Laxmaniyan-7, the plan could not succeed as the tusker took a different route to reach Rangi Tole at around 3am and damaged houses there.

According to locals, the elephant has already damaged 30 houses in different villages in Laxmaniya and destroyed crops stored in those houses.

“More than 15 families have been displaced,” police said, adding, “Some families have sent their kids and elderly members to their relatives’ houses for the fear of possible attack by the tusker.”

On December 2, the beast killed two persons in Batuwa Tole, Laxmaniyan-9. According to a local Jibnath Siwakoti, the villagers sleep during the day and stay awake at night to guard their houses.

Meanwhile, authorities suspect that the elephant rampaging through the town is no other than ‘Dhrube’ which had spread such terror and taken 10 lives in Bara and Parsa last year.

“It is yet to be ascertained if the elephant causing the menace is ‘Dhrube’,” said chief district officer, adding that the four-member team has been searching for the wild tusker.

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