Forest official injured in elephant attack in Dibrugarh district
A forest official was critically injured during an elephant attack at Kamargaon village in the wee hours of Tuesday under Namrup range in Dibrugarh district.
DIBRUGARH: A forest official was critically injured during an elephant attack at Kamargaon village in the wee hours of Tuesday under Namrup range in Dibrugarh district. The injured person have been identified as Bastav Borkotoky (34), Beat Officer of Namrup range. DFO Sandeep of Dibrugarh Forest Division informed that the forest official was on duty with some other personnel of the department trying to chase away a herd of marauding elephants when he met with the accident.
"He has been rushed to a private nursing home in Dibrugarh where surgery is being performed," the DFO said. His condition is stated to be under watch, doctors said. Earlier too another villager was trampled to death by elephants in the same village which falls under Namrup police station of the district.
Man-elephant conflict has been rising due to shrinking forest covers. The elephants come out from forest in search of food and enter into human habitation.
"The elephants come out from Joypur Reserve Forest which is a habitat for elephants. The elephants enter in our village and destroy our crops. We have informed the Forest Department about the matter. Due to less man power in Forest Department they face due challenge to drive the elephants away," said a villager.