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Smuggled elephants rescued by Dhubri Forest officials

By Correspondent

Dhubri, Oct 26: Officials of Dhubri Forest Department on Monday rescued two jumbos while they were being transferred to Jamnagar in Gujarat from Arunachal Pradesh via Assam.

A truck carrying two elephants crossing the Chagolia gate in Assam was siezed in West Bengal by a team of Dhubri Forest officials with the help of West Bengal police and West Bengal Forest Department.

It was informed that the elephants were being transported from Banderdewa, Arunachal Pradesh and were suspected to be taken to Jamnagar in Gujarat by a truck bearing registered number NL-02K-4034. The truck was detained at Teesta area of West Bengal along with two elephants by a team led by Deepak Chandra Deka, Dhubri Forest Officer.

It was also informed that the elephants were kept in a safe custody at Gorumara National Park and the Assam Forest Department has seeked the custody of both the elephants from West Bengal Forest Department. Later, the higher authorities of both Assam Forest and West Bengal Forest Department, after completion of official procedures brought back the elephants from West Bengal and sent them to Manas National Park.

"Further investigation on the matter is on and appropriate action agaist the culprits behind smuggling will be taken up," Deka said.

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