DEMOW: A large number of wild elephants have been wreaking havoc in the village areas of Panidehing mouza near Demow for the past few days. According to sources, during evening the herd of wild elephants entered Sitaliya, Ajanti, Dalapa, Dhaibari, Gelapathar, Dehingmukh, Lachan Gaon, Bhekurichapori, Kokilamari, Singiyani, Barpathar, Teteliguri, Ahompathar, Liabil, Sarugua, Maharani and Gohainbari villages of Nitai-Panidehing area and ate the paddy.
On Monday night, the wild elephants entered Dhaibari, Santipur, Rupahibam, Nabil, and Samaguri and ate the paddy of the farmers and create panic among the villagers. On Tuesday morning, the wild elephants entered the field of Kokilamari Gaon. The wild elephants came near the Baliya Baba Mandir but local people chased them away.
The wild elephants entered Kokilamari village in broad daylight and this information was given to the Sivasagar District Forest Department but no forest official or forest worker was present in that area, said a source. After hearing about the incident, Thowra MLA Kushal Dowari reached Kokilamari pathar Balama Jaan and he tried to chase away the wild elephants from there, said a source.
JORHAT: A herd of 60 to 70 wild jumbos has been creating panic in the areas around Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary under Mariani Forest Range and destroying hectares and hectares of paddy crops. The marauding wild jumbos have come out of the 57.29 sq km wildlife sanctuary in search of food, said Biken Pegu, a forest official of the range.
Areas like Sycotta, Katonibari, Nagapathar, Dunglangia, Koliapani, Pukhuria, Kothalguree, Dessio and Dihingiapara have been adversely affected. The forest department appears to be helpless and the forest staff only burst crackers or fire in the air to chase away the wild jumbos. “Supply of ammunition is very limited as the range covers revenue circles of Teak, Mariani, and part of Titabor subdivision. Animal movement in this range is a regular affair since the month of October and it continues till February-March,” said a forest official.