Attacks by wild elephants continue in villages along the India-Bhutan border in Assam's Udalguri district with three people being trampled to death within a week this month and several houses being damaged.
"Almost every day, elephant herds are entering villages and damaging houses and crops. People are scared and worried. Villagers are being attacked and killed by the animals in their desperate attempt to chase away the herds.”
On Sunday, Harka Bahadur Sunjel was killed by elephants at No. 1 Samrang near Indo- Bhutan border. Four days after Harka Bahadur’s death, Mahadev Orang (60) another villager, was killed in an elephant attack today morning.
Human-elephant conflict is increasing in Udalguri district. Neither BTC nor the state government have taken steps to stop rather lack of ignorance is seen.
With herds of elephants entering human settlements from the hills of Bhutan and adjoining forests almost every day, forest officials are left with little resources to mitigate the conflict.
"It is very difficult to deploy adequate staff at all places as elephants are entering from multiple locations almost every night. Whatever resources we have at our disposal, including 'kunkis' (trained elephants) and firecrackers, are not sufficient to effectively drive out elephants from villages and farmlands at several places," a forest official said. Bagh said in many cases, desperate villagers had to chase away the elephants, putting their lives in danger.
"Destruction of forest cover is the reason behind the rise in human-animal conflict. Unless the forest cover is saved, the problem is only going to aggravate in future," Bagh added.
In a major achievement for police, a huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized in Bokajan. The arms and ammunition were intercepted from a Bolero car at Khatkhati during a routine checking. Four persons were arrested when they were on their way to Manipur from Saujang. The arrested persons were identified as Antony Changloi, Lalboi Kitgen, Kakar Hauki, Jalang Palalng Thuralai. These arms include an AK-47 rifle, one AK-56 rifle, one M-16 rifle along with 700 rounds of live bullets.
DIBRUGARH: KMSS leaders and workers are thronging in thousands in Dibrugarh to receive Akhil Gogoi who is coming out of the Central Jail a day after the Gauhati High Court set aside his arrest under NSA
From early in the morning his fans from far flung areas of the state arrived in the town. Then they rushed towards the jail to catch a glimpse of their leader who would be walking out of it at 10 30 in the morning.
Now the people in large number are waiting to greet Gogoi bursting firecrackers in front of the jail.
His fans in the nook and corner of the state celebrated the Gauhati High Court order bursting fire crackers immediately the media broke the development much to the major embarresment of the BJP-led government.: