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Man-elephant conflict continues unabated in Udalguri

Udalguri
A Correspondent

TANGLA: The Indo-Bhutan border villages in Udalguri district fraught with human-animal conflict and bloodshed, continue to witness the brutality of wild jumbos. A herd of wild jumbos trampled a labourer Birashmoni Bara (48) while she was engaged in plucking leaves at about 4.30 am in Badlapara TE under Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri on Monday morning. The wild jumbo also attacked one of her friends, Bandhain Bara (34) who suffered grievous injury and is currently undergoing treatment.

A herd of wild elephants had earlier trampled 16-year old Rupali Toppo, daughter of Baranbas Toppo and Jasinta Toppo, at Badlapara TE under Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri district on October 7 night. Following the incident, a large number of tea garden labourers gheraoed the bungalow of the manager of the estate, following which the manager, Arup Baruah assured the labourers of due compensation by the garden management authorities.

Talking to The Sentinel over phone, Baruah said, “I have taken the necessary measures for an ex-gratia compensation to the victim and the injured.” He further stated that the demand of power fencing was not a viable option as it would block the natural corridors of the jumbos which they use as passage and it would be detrimental towards maintaining ecological balance. Three people have lost their lives and one elephant has been killed in the month of October till date.