Child dead as wild elephants enter human settlements in Siraha; locals terrorised

SIRAHA: Wild elephants entered human settlements in various locations of Siraha district resulting in a child's death and destruction of properties, on Monday night.

According to police, 10-year-old Rabindra Mahato, a local of Rampur in Mirchaiya Municipality-7, was crushed by a wild elephant when the family was running away from the animal that was entering their house. While the family was trying to save Rabindra, the elephant grabbed the child and critically injured him.

Rabindra was rushed to Golbazaar-based health facility where he breathed his last during the course of treatment the same night, informed police.

In a similar incident, Kangsalal Lama -- a resident of Dharmapur in Golbazaar Municipality-10 of the district -- was attacked by a wild elephant when he had gone out to the toilet. Lama has been sent to Dharan for treatment, Golbazaar Police said.

Likewise, a wild elephant entered human settlement in Musharniya, Lawtoli in Golbazaar Municipality-3 and damaged houses belonging to Ashok Saday, Badri Saday, Ram Charitra Saday, and Dilbar Saday, informed ward chair Dhan Prasad Lama. The same wild animal attacked and damaged the house belonging to Jiwaj Sah in Golbazaar-10.

Similarly, elephant attacked the wooden store-house belonging to Ram Bharos Mahato in Targana in Lahan Municipality-16 and ate the grains stored inside.

Police had chased away the wild animal the same night, however, the locals are still terrorised by the attack.