Gangtok, 01 Apr:
After a perilous and tiring operation which lasted around 14 hours, the Himalayan Black Bear which had wandered into town early this morning and had sequestered itself inside the BSNL Telephone Exchange below Thakurbari was finally tranquilized and rescued late this evening.
A team of officials and personnel from the Wildlife Division of Forest Department, assisted by Sikkim Police, struggled through the day to keep both, the people and the Himalayan Black Bear safe, and evacuate the animal safely.
After seeing a bear early this morning at around 5 PM near the building, a local resident had immediately informed that District Administration.
Responding immediately to the information, officials and staff of Forest Department, Sikkim Police and District Administration reached the spot and started the rescue operation.
It took quite some time to even spot the bear and it was eventually found inside the BSNL building. And the next challenge was to tranquilize and rescue it safely.
Earlier, the bear had injured a BSNL engineer, Arvind Yadav, before it entered and disappeared into the building. Mr Yadav has sustained grievous injuries to his head and other parts of the body and is receiving treatment at STNM Hospital.
Forest Minister, Karma Loday Bhutia and other senior officials of the department were also present on the spot till the end of the operation.