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Leased Assam elephant dies in Mizoram

Villagers nearby reportedly cut its body and ate its meat.

An elephant, taken on lease from Assam in 2009, died in Mizoram a few days ago and villagers nearby reportedly cut its body and ate its meat.

The office of the conservator of forests in southern Assam’s Silchar had issued the certificate for leasing the 47-year-old female elephant to one Khualhina of Mizoram from her owner in Cachar district’s Sonai.

The validity of the ownership certificate had expired in 2014 but the elephant continued to work in the Kanhmun Forest Range. Reports citing locals said the Mizoram Forest Department officials were not present when the elephant died and its meat was consumed.

“There are several elephants on lease in the northeastern States besides Bhutan that are overworked. They meet a similar fate,” an Assam forest officer said.

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