GUWAHATI, Nov 13 - Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya today said the elephant, called �Laden� by locals in Goalpara, which was responsible for killing more than 30 people in the district over a period of two years, had reportedly died some time back.
�I was told by officials that the elephant called Laden which had killed many people in the district had died some time back... due to natural reasons,� Suklabaidya said.
However, the forest department has not yet found the carcass, even though they believe that elephant had died on the Garo Hills border. Foresters have not spotted it for a long time.
The minister said the elephant captured by the department on Monday was a different one. This animal had killed five people on October 29.
Meanwhile, the bull-elephant captured on Monday was taken to Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park last night.
Official sources said forest officials will make an attempt to tame the elephant. �The elephant needs some medical attention. We will try to tame it,� the officials said.
The forest department has not yet decided if the elephant will be tamed at Orang itself or it will be taken elsewhere for the purpose. Asked what if the forest personnel are not able to tame it, the officials said in that case, they would take a call later.