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Locals vandalize check post after elephant attacks a woman in Parsa

The Nepal Weekly
February 21, 2023

After an elderly woman was attacked by a wild elephant, the agitated locals vandalized the Lamitar check post in Manahari Rural Municipality-3 located inside the Parsa National Park.

It is learnt that the angry locals vandalized the check post where the park officials and the Nepalese Army personnel were staying.

During the incident, the office and a vehicle used by the army have been damaged. The locals also set fire near the post. They vented their ire saying that the park authorities did not intervene in preventing the elephant attack that resulted in the loss of property. The angry locals also alleged that the park officials gave more importance to animals than people.

Wild elephants had created terror in the Handikhola area of Makwanpur’s Manahari Rural Municipality from Sunday evening. An elderly woman was injured on Monday morning due to an attack by an elephant that was sighte in the area on Sunday evening.

Sixty-four-year-old Radha Adhikari of Manahari Rural Municipality-4, who was working in a vegetable garden, was seriously injured in the elephant attack. The injured person is undergoing treated at Chure Hill Hospital, Hetauda.

Last year, an old woman was killed in an elephant attack in this area. According to Sita Ram Aryal, chairman of Parsa National Park Buffer Zone Management Committee, three elephants have been roaming around the Handikhola area since a few days and they are harming the locals.

“The elephants are destroying the locals’ houses and crops. The army has been deployed to control the elephants,” he said.