The carcass of a sub-adult male elephant was found in a hamlet on the fringes of Baikunthapur forest near Siliguri on Sunday.
A veterinary surgeon of the state department of animal resources development confirmed that the animal’s death was caused by electrocution. “The elephant got electrocuted as it touched a live wire with its trunk. There were injury marks on the jumbo’s trunk,” he said.
The carcass of the jumbo was found in Singhijhora, a hamlet near Baikunthapur forest, around 12km from Siliguri. A post-mortem and the cremation were conducted at the same spot (in picture).
Forest sources said a herd of 10-12 elephants had been marauding in the Baikunthapur forest for a few days. “We are checking whether there was any illegal electric fencing in the nearby villages,” said Bidyut Sarkar, the divisional forest officer of Jalpaiguri who is in charge of Baikunthapur forest division.
Picture by Kundan Yolmo