Assam: One Dead in Wild Elephant Attack in the State
The victim was identified as one Amit Tanti of the Nahorijan of Kakojan in the Doomdooma region.
DOOMDOOMA: The conflict between humans and wild animals continues unabated in the state as one more person died in an incident in those lines.
This incident came to light in the Doomdooma region of the state on Monday morning. A large herd of wild elephants which came out of the nearby reserve forest reportedly trampled the victim. The wild elephants have been said to have come out of the reserve forest in search of food and often come to the paddy fields of the region at the time when the rice crops are starting to become ripe.
The victim was identified as one Amit Tanti of the Nahorijan of Kakojan in the Doomdooma region. It is the practice of the local farmers to put up at night in makeshift houses near their rice fields in order to keep an eye on the same and try to chase away the wild animals before they damage the crops. The same was done by Amit Tanti on the particular day, but he lost his life as the elephant herd trampled the place.
The local people have pointed their fingers at the forest department and mentioned that they have failed in their duties and that they were unable to chase out the wild elephants despite multiple intimidations regarding the development by the local people and that the death of Amit Tanti was a direct result of their failure. The family members of the victim have also demanded proper compensation for his death from the government and asked the concerned authorities to take necessary action to prevent such recurring incidents of conflict between humans and these wild animals.
Previously, in a bid to ensure the well-being of the people of the locality and protect both humans and leopards from possible human-animal conflict, the forest department had set up and a leopard got caught in this trap. The incident took place in the Kakojan Tea Estate in the Naksari locality of the Mariani religion. A wild leopard had been moving around in the tea garden and causing terror among the residents and workers. After several requests from the local people, the forest department finally deployed a cage to trap the wild animals.