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One injured, church damaged in human-animal conflict at Udalguri

A Correspondent

TANGLA: The Indo-Bhutan border villages in Udalguri district fraught with human-animal conflict and bloodshed, continues to witness brutality let loose by wild jumbos. The wild elephants continue to create terror and trample human beings, creating fear and panic among the border populace. A herd of wild jumbos completely damaged the Uttar Garuajhar Church under Panery PS in Udalguri on Thursday.

The unruly herd also damaged the house of one Birsai Panika, a resident of Nonaipara and destroyed food crops. The jumbos also trampled one Ghasia Barla (70) leaving him critically injured. The poverty hit family of Barla whose house was damaged by jumbos received the accommodation this year under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G).

Meanwhile, social activist Mithu Sarkar in a humanitarian gesture has extended a helping hand by providing food items and other necessities to the family. The locals have also informed of spotting an ailing makhana (toothless) male elephant in the campus of Hattigarh TE in Udalguri for the past couple of days. The pachyderm which has injury marks on its legs is lying unattended by the forest officials.