“But that was not all,” Rajen Rabnha, a local villager, told the Agence France-Presse news agency. “In the past Laden has also attacked our villages and killed people and destroyed our paddy fields.”
Forest officials launched a major operation to track and contain the large mammal.
Drones and domesticated elephants were used to observe Laden from a safe distance.
Assam’s forest minister said a committee including wildlife experts would decide what to do with the elephant.
“We are yet to decide on how to deal with the animal,” Parimal Shuklabaidya said. “There are suggestions that we should tranquillize the animal and take it to forest where there is no human habitation nearby.”
The welfare of the elephant as well as the safety of locals’ would be taken into account, Mr Shuklabaidya added.
Laden was spotted in the Kantaka Reserve on Thursday, the Northeast Now wesbsite reported.
“We have located and identified Laden in the reserve, which is about 15km from Tuesday’s incident site,” a forest officer told the news website. “The jumbo was visible for once or twice and then it went inside the jungle. Presently the elephant is trying to stay near its own herd taking shelter at the same reserve.”
Three forest teams were attempting to tranquillise the animal.
It was not the first time a killer elephant was named after he mastermind behind the 11 September attacks.
Over the last six years, a tuskless bull named Osama killed at least 70 people in Assam.
The elephant’s corpse was discovered in a field near a village last month and it was believed angry villagers had electrocuted it to death.
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