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Friday, November 15, 2019

Bin Laden captured ... and BJP MLA appreciated !


Padma Hazarika is a Bharatiya Janata Party politician from Assam. He was elected in Assam Legislative Assembly election in 1996, 2006, 2011 and 2016 from Sootea constituency.  Formerly, he was with Asom Gana Parishad.

Bin Laden captured .. .. .. Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was a Saudi Arabian-born Stateless Muslim jihadist who founded the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda, through which he planned and coordinated terror attacks around the world.  Bin Laden's father was  a Saudi millionaire and the founder of the construction company, Saudi Binladin Group.  He was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992, and shifted his base to Sudan, until U.S. pressure forced him to leave Sudan in 1996.   Bin Laden masterminded Sept 11 attacks that resulted in deaths of more than 3000 and heightened the war on terror.

Though Pakistan kept denying sheltering the dreaded terrorist, Osama was killed   in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, by United States Navy SEALs,  in an operation code-named Operation Neptune Spear.  The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. U.S. military officials said that after the raid U.S. forces took the body of bin Laden to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic tradition.  In the aftermath of the killing, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani formed a commission under Senior Justice Javed Iqbal to investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack. The resulting Abbottabad Commission Report, revealed Pakistani state military and intelligence authorities' "collective failure" !  that enabled bin Laden to hide in Pakistan for nine years.

Now this post is not on the terrorist but on an elephant named Bin Laden, so named after its killing people.   'Laden' the rampaging elephant was caught after a massive operation in India – the elephant that went berserk had stampeded  through villages in Goalpara district.  In a 24 hour period, it reportedly killed 5 people including 3 women and terrified locals named it  after Al-Qaeda terror leader Osama bin Laden.  After the killings,   a massive operation to hunt down the pachyderm was launched.

Wildlife officers tracked the pachyderm - dubbed 'Laden' by the locals it menaced in northeastern Assam state - through a forest for several days using drones and domesticated elephants. The rogue animal killed five people, including three women, during a 24-hour rampage through Goalpara district October.  Officials said they would take the elephant's welfare into account as well as the safety of people living nearby in deciding where it would be relocated.  In the final leg of operations the Forest officials with trained elephants fired tranquiliser darts and later captured it alive.  It was then planned on shifting the giant elephant  to a forest where there is no human habitation nearby.

Wildlife officials and rangers managed to track the beast through the Rongjuli forest before finally capturing it.  Assam forest minister Parimal Shuklabaidya said an eight-person committee including wildlife experts would decide what to do.  Elephants frequently migrate into Goalpara, resulting in high numbers of fatal encounters with humans amid rampant deforestation. Some elephants there have been poisoned or shot by locals, while others have died on electric fences or on railways cutting through migration routes.

After being tranquilised, earlier, it was decided that the jumbo will be freed in the Lumding area, but the decision was withdrawn after the locals protested against it. Recent reports now suggest that the elephant has been renamed ‘Krishna’, will work for the forest department and will be trained by other tamed elephants.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated MLA Padma Hazarika for capturing the wild elephant that was creating havoc in Goalpara district. The Sootea MLA led the operation to capture the wild tusker with the help of forest officials and his aides.

Interesting !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15th Nov. 2019.

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