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Efforts to rescue elephant yield no result

ALL THROUGH Sunday, almost everything was tried to get the injured elephant out of the trench it had fallen into. The trench and surrounding area at Gandhi Nagar was a beehive of activity. Officials of Forest, Police and administration tried almost all means one can think of to lift the elephant, but no luck there. The elephant, Sundar, in trench for the last four days, appears in pain and her condition is deteriorating.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 14:29 IST

ALL THROUGH Sunday, almost everything was tried to get the injured elephant out of the trench it had fallen into. The trench and surrounding area at Gandhi Nagar was a beehive of activity. Officials of Forest, Police and administration tried almost all means one can think of to lift the elephant, but no luck there. The elephant, Sundar, in trench for the last four days, appears in pain and her condition is deteriorating.

An unidentified truck hit Sundar on Wednesday night resulting in serious injury in her hind limbs. The two mahouts were fortunate enough to escape with minor injuries.

Leaders of both the BJP and Congress today visited the spot. In the morning, former Chief Minister Babulal Gaur was the first political bigwig to visit the spot. Later, Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Manak Agarwal visited the spot. Some other local leaders also reached Gandhi Nagar to see the condition of the elephant. A good number of citizens also reached the spot.

Earlier, the officials tried to shift the elephant on a wooden platform kept beside her after digging the land to bring the platform to the level of the tusker. She was tied with ropes but the bulky animal would slip every time.


The crane, JCB Machine failed to shift the elephant and the platform ultimately gave way. Efforts to get the elephant stand proved futile as the pachyderm was hardly able to stand for long. The injury in the hind limb is preventing the elephant from standing.

The elephant shunned food during the day and appeared losing consciousness. She was later fed jaggery and water. The local residents raised slogans against the administration and were critical of the Forest Department for their failure to rescue the elephant even after four days.

SDOP Devendra Singh Rajput said effort would be made on Monday to get the elephant stand up for on the spot treatment.

First Published: Mar 27, 2006 14:29 IST