108 houses destroyed by elephant in 2015

The man-elephant conflict has taken worst turn in Indo-Bhutan area of Udalguri district. The Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Khalingduar forest and Nonai Reserve forest has been deforested by cutting of trees by a section of wood cutters and corrupt forest officials. The land which was once forest has turned out to be tea estates of the aristocrats. Villages have come up on the patg of natural elephant corridor  as a result wild elephants in search of food have inhabited human habitation.

The villagers in the Indo-Bhutan border had been spending sleepless nights in fear of the wild jumbos. In the villages under Harisinga revenue circle of Udalguri district namely Bamunjuli, Kali-khola, Orangajuli, Garuajhar, Satgaria, Attarekhat, Nalapara, Rajagarh, Dharamjuli, Borengajuli, Suklai, Gosala, Dimakuchi, Ghagra, Bhutiachang, Sonajuli, Naobandha every year a seizable number of human have lost their lives, property, crops etc. Within a night the human dreams and lives  become shattered. It needs mention that 22 people and eight wild elephants had been killed during 2014 in Udalguri district which was considered as the highest man-elephant-conflict casualty anywhere in Asia.

In 2015 under Harisinga Revenue circle of 33 Nonwi Serfang BTC constituency 108 houses constructed by the givernment under Indira Awaas Yojana belonging to poverty ridden villagers were destroyed by wild jumbos. Out of which include 25 in Nonaikhuti, 23 in Bamunjuli, 8 in Khagunbahi,16 in Tukhibasti,23 in Rajagarh,16 in Bhulatara and 7 in Kali-Khola. Since The panic striken villagers have appealed the local authorities and government to build houses in form of watch towers under Indira Awaas Yojana in the affected areas which are considerably safe.

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Recipient of The Annual Colosseum Awards 2014 & 2015 (by The Assam Tribune group), Shajid Khan is a journalist based in Tangla. Currently pursuing his graduation in English literature.

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