Krishna aka Laden in captivity at Orang National Park before his death. Image: Northeast Now

The rogue elephant ‘Laden’ aka ‘Krishna‘ died in captivity at the Orang National Park in Assam’s Darrang district on Sunday morning.

The rogue elephant, which was tranquilized from Rongjuli forest division of Goalpara district in western Assam, was in captivity at Rowmari camp of Orang National Park since Tuesday last.

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The elephant was tranquilized on November 11 by a team of experts led by BJP legislator from Sootea constituency, Padma Hazarika.

Well known wildlife veterinarian Dr Kushal Sarma and Assam State Zoo veterinarian Dr Panchami Sarma have already left for Orang for post mortem examination of the elephant.

The rogue elephant ‘Laden‘ was renamed as ‘Krishna’ after capture.

Although the forest officials were planning to release the elephant in wild, later they had decided to captivate the elephant and accordingly shifted to Orang National Park.

Officials informed that severe public protests against releasing the elephant in the wild have forced the department to captivate and train it.

The Assam Forest department has, however, mooted the torturous ‘Kraal’ training module due to it’s over age, which has concerned wildlife activists.

While according to Indian tradition of captivating elephants, they (elephants) are required to be between six to seven years old and the height of the animals should be no more than seven feet.

Krishna was estimated to be 35 years old.

The rogue elephant, which had triggered panic in and around Goalpara district for last few days destroying villages and attacking people, was tranquilized by the Forest department recently.

Although the locals nicknamed the rogue to be ‘Laden’, the Forest department named it as Krishna after the capture.

The elephant had also allegedly killed five people within 24 hours on October 29 last triggering large scale protests by locals.

The protests forced the Assam Forest department to launch a major operation to tranquilize the rogue elephant.