Assam: 2 Trampled To Death By Jumbos In Tinsukia District
Two persons were trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in Bordubi Ting area falling under the Doomdooma Forest Division in Tinsukia district of Assam on Sunday.
TINSUKIA: In another incident of man-animal conflict in the state, two persons were trampled to death by a herd of wild jumbos in Tinsukia District of Assam on Sunday night.
The tragic incident took place at Bordubi Ting falling under Doomdooma Forest Division in the district at about 11PM on Sunday.
The deceased have been identified as Ram Tanti and Budhin Bhumij.
As per information, the wild herd strayed out of the Doomdooma Reserve Forest and came to the nearby human habitation in search of food.
Several huts in the area were also destroyed by the jumbos.
It worthwhile to mention here that man-elephant conflicts are on a rise in Assam in the last several years. Most incidents are reported in the harvest season when herds of wild elephants stray into residential areas and cause massive havoc leading to severe loss of lives and property.
Earlier on November 12, in another tragic incident, a person identified as Nandeswar Gogoi was trampled upon by wild jumbos in Dibrugarh district. The incident occurred at Abhaypur village of Namrup in the district when the marauding herd from the Joypur Reserve Forest strayed out in the open were roaming freely in a market area. When Gogoi was returning from the market at about 9:00PM encountered the herd, he was crushed by one of them.
As per data from the state's forest department, as many as 229 people lost their lives in man-elephant conflicts in the last three years. If the numbers are further broken down, it will come out to death of 75 people during 2020-21, 91 deaths in man-elephant conflicts in 2021-22 while 63 deaths have been reported in 2021-22.
On the other hand, over 200 elephant deaths were reported between 2017-22 as per the data from Assam's Department of Forests. Of these, 52 elephants have died due to electrocution, 26 from railway accidents, while 18 have died after being alleged poisoning.
Experts have pointed out that the primary reasons for the steep rise in man-elephant conflicts in the state is due to an overwhelming increase of human settlements in forest lands thus preventing the wild animals from their natural habitats and confining them into lesser spaces.
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