Nahan: A young wild elephant today spent a complete day in populated area in Rukhari village just 12 kilometers away from Nahan in Himachal Pradesh. A visit to the spot revealed that there was a panic among the villagers for life but the villagers were hospitable towards the elephant in the area.
Northern Voices Online successfully took a rare photograph of the wild elephant staying in the village. According to the last report till this evening the wild elephant was still staying in the village. According to the expert this elephant had a tartan in the area during the first week of this month who again reached in the area on Wednesday. During the stay of more than 72 hours in the area this young elephant also touched the boundary of Kala amb industrial area, even also damaged boundary wall of one industry located in Moginand.
According to wild life expert Kanwar Ajay Bhadur Singh who sighted the elephant, this wild animal might have come from the Raja ji national park in Uttrakhand. Though the forest department had decided to displace this young elephant but the action was not started due to the day broad day light. Interesting to note here that though the movement of the elephant was not a regular feature in the area so the forest officials themselves were surprised to sight the young elephant.
Kanwar Ajay Bhadur Singh said that more than 70 years back the movement of the elephant was a regular feature in the area but second visit of the elephant after a long time in the area indicates that the forests are growing as per the need of wild animals. It is worthwhile to mention that there is a long distance between the Simbelwala Sanctuary and the place where the young elephant spent the day. The department of forest kept a keen vigil on the movement of the elephant throughout the day. Range officer Pardip Sharma present on the spot confirmed that the elephant would be displaced after the day light. He said that department was keenly watching every movement of the elephant. DFO (Wild Life) Nagesh Gularia said that it is good news for the department but there was also a worry for the security of the people residing in the area. He also advised the villagers to maintain proper distance from this wild animal.