TINSUKIA: In a shocking development, an Odisha-bound 14-wheeler truck illegally carrying two domestic elephants was seized by Makum police in Tinsukia district in the wee hours on Monday.
The truck (BR 01GH-0435) took off from Lathao in Arunachal Pradesh in the wee hours on Monday. Responding to the media, the driver of the truck said that the two elephants were being transported to Odisha, and that all arrangements for the transportation of the two pachyderms were made by one Sanjib Ghamang of Lathao.
The police handed over the truck and the two elephants to the Doomdooma Divisional Forest Office.
A few pertinent questions that baffle every right-thinking person in this episode are – how come the 14-wheeler truck crossed the Assam-Aruanchal Pradesh border and reached Makum without any valid documents? To reach Makum, the truck had to cross the inter-state check-post at Dirak and two police stations – Kakopathar and Doomdooma. What makes one rack one's brain is that the check-post in front of the Kakopathar Police Station is too narrow for a 14-wheeler truck to negotiate unless the police or someone else assisting the driver.
The entire incident smacks of something fishy.