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Youth killed in wild elephant attack at Panchagarh border

  • Locals evacuated to safe distance
  • BGB-BSF held flag meeting
Update : 21 Feb 2024, 10:50 AM

A speech-impaired young man died Tuesday evening after being attacked by an Indian wild elephant at the Panchagarh border.

The deceased is Nuruzzaman, 23, son of Abul Hossain of Tentulia upazila.

The incident occurred around 5:15pm on Tuesday in the South Kashimganj area of Banglabandha Union in Tentulia upazila. The locals are now in a state of panic, and many have been relocated to a safe distance.

Tentulia Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Fazle Rabbi said: "One person has been killed in an elephant attack. We have evacuated the locals to a safe distance, and adequate police have been deployed in the area."

Banglabandha Union Chairman Kudrat-e-Khuda Milon added: "Elephants have crossed the Indian border and are staying in the South Kashimganj area. One person was injured in an elephant attack on Tuesday afternoon and later succumbed to the injuries in the evening. Panic has gripped the area."

According to local sources, Nuruzzaman went to observe two elephants in a maize field in the border area of South Kashimganj with the locals. During this time, two elephants chased the locals, and while others managed to escape, Nuruzzaman was caught under the feet of one of the elephants.

With the assistance of locals, members of the Tentulia Fire Service rescued him and transported him to the Tentulia Upazila Health Complex, where he received primary medication. From there, he was transferred to Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital where he ultimately passed away during treatment. The process of sending the deceased's body to the hospital morgue for an autopsy is currently underway.

Dr Rahimul Islam from the Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital emergency department mentioned: "We provided first aid to the injured youth and transferred him to Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment. However, he died in the emergency department while preparations were being made. The process is underway to send the body to the hospital morgue for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death."

Witnesses reported that two wild elephants, having crossed the border from India, are residing in a maize field in the South Kashimganj area of Banglabandha Union in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh. Locals, along with people from different areas, have gathered to witness the presence of the two elephants.

Residents believe that on Tuesday morning, the elephants crossed the barbed wire fence of the Indian border and entered the border area of Tiranihat Union in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh. Upon receiving information, members of the forest department, police, and fire service rushed to the location. Subsequently, they cautioned locals against disturbing or approaching the elephants.

The UNO mentioned: "Currently, two elephants are staying in a field next to the Mahananda river in the border area of South Kashiganj area of Banglabandha Union. However, the Indian barbed wire fence has been opened by the BSF. Hopefully, the two elephants will return to India by night."

In this incident, a flag meeting of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Guard Force (BSF) was held at border pillar number 730 around 4:30pm on Tuesday.

Assistant Conservator of Forest at Panchagarh Forest Department Nurunnahar commented: "We have a rescue team from Dhaka and Rajshahi. When we inquired about the return of the elephants, the BSF stated in the flag meeting that their 20-member rescue team wishes to come to Bangladesh. However, as the local BGB did not agree, the process of sending a letter to the BGB headquarters through the Ministry of Home Affairs is underway. If permission is granted, action will be taken. Meanwhile, if our rescue team can resolve the matter, that would be ideal."

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