The village and its residents have been having sleepless nights since the past three weeks after a herd of over 40 elephants have been roaming around the periphery of the village itself.
“These elephants have been camping around here for the past three weeks. Just about two weeks ago a herd of over forty of them came over and destroyed a house. At that time we managed to chase them away. However yesterday, the elephant that came seemed on a mission of destruction and despite our best efforts, it managed to lay waste to three houses,” said Bappun A Sangma, a resident of the village.
He further stated that it was the biggest elephant he had seen in his life.
“We tried everything to move it away from our houses but it kept coming back. When the matter went out of control, we called the police team while also informing the wildlife team of the matter,” he added. The incident occurred at about 7:30 pm yesterday though an FIR on the incident was registered this afternoon.
The Bajengdoba police station, under which the village falls was quick to respond to the SOS call and it was only after their coming that the elephant was chased away from human habitation.
“None of us have been able to sleep since the past few weeks as the elephants keep coming back,” added Sangma.
The BDO of the Resubelpara block, Leena D Sangma, when contacted stated that a damage assessment was being done by the gram sevak of the area and a detailed report would be submitted to the wildlife team.
A wildlife team is also expected to pay a visit to the spot today to work out how best to avoid the man-animal conflict. The Deputy Commissioner could not be contacted to confirm details of compensation to be announced to those affected by the rampage.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.