Jamshedpur, Oct. 26: The injured tusker, who gave sleepless nights to Chakulia foresters after being injured in a fight with three elephants in Sunsunia forests, entered Bengal in the small hours of today.
The 50-year-old jumbo crossed Chekham in Ghatshila range to slip into Aam Jharna in Bengal’s Bankura and proceeded towards Amlasol.
Ghatshila range forester R.N. Jha said the tusker’s injuries had healed to a large extent. “We have deployed 10 trackers (village youths) on the Bengal border as it is possible that the tusker might return to Ghatshila,” he said.
The elephant, which sustained injuries on October 9, was spotted near Kalapathar in Chakulia range on Friday and was gradually walking towards Pungarha in Ghatshila. “Villagers offered food to the tusker and tried to treat his injuries,” said Jha.
Chakulia range officer Gorakh Ram said the elephant’s entry into Bengal relieved them. “It was a challenging task for us to monitor the movement of the tusker. We were concerned about its wounds and prayed other elephants did not attack him,” he added.
He, however, said chances of the mammal returning to Ghatshila or Chakulia range could not be ruled out. “The elephant probably hails from Bengal or Dalma. He may return to our range and walk towards the sanctuary.”