Jumbo steps on mine laid by maoists in Jharkhand, grievously injured

RANCHI/DALTONGANJ: A group of and have sighted an adult grievously injured by a possible in the (PTR).
The bull elephant, sighted in the south division of PTR that is spread over Latehar district in west Jharkhand, was sighted with wounds in his right hind leg three days ago.

“The adult male elephant has wounds in right hind leg and is very aggressive and restless. It is limping over the last three days,” , the deputy director of PTR‘s south division (additional charge), told the TOI on Friday. However, Mishra could not definitively ascertain the cause of the wound till evening.

However, foresters aware of the development said the wound looked like one from a landmine blast.

Last September, another male elephant was injured in a landmine blast set off by operatives of CPI (Maoists) in the core area of PTR. The jumbo wandered around the sanctuary in pain for three days before succumbing to its injuries.

The injury, which has left the animal in enormous pain, has also left it greatly agitated. Its aggressive behavior is preventing the medical team from getting closer, thereby worsening its chances of survival with every passing minute.

“It travelled 10 kilometers across the sanctuary overnight and is in pain. The medical team is tailing close to it. Finding an opportune moment, it will be sedated using a tranquilizer gun. Only then its medication can be started,” a PTR forester said. PTR director MP Singh could be ed till evening.

PTR reported two jumbo deaths in 2017. In June, a male elephant died of anthrax. The other pachyderm died of landmine explosion injuries.

Of the 555 elephants present in Jharkhand‘s wilds, nearly 190 reside in the sanctuary. PTR, the only tiger sanctuary in Jharkhand, has been a safe haven of left wing extremism outfits for more than a decade.

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