Jamshedpur, Jan. 11: Villagers in and around Saranda in West Singhbhum are spending sleepless nights after a herd of 25 elephants has wreaked havoc for the last two days.
The herd — which has damaged more than 12 houses at Bitkilsoya, Samta, Jeraikela and Hulunghuli in Manoharpur forest area — on Friday killed a 38-year-old woman in Bombli while she was trying to protect her standing paddy crops. Divisional forest officer of Saranda K.K. Tiwary confirmed Fulo Oraon was attacked around 1am when she along with her husband Chhedi were trying to keep the elephants from entering their field.
“An elephant charged Oraon and caught hold of her with its trunk. It then trampled her to death even as her husband managed to escape.”
The officer added that the herd — comprising 11 males, 12 females and two calves — was in migration and had entered Manoharpur range from the Jeraikela side.
“The elephants have dropped anchor near Bombli and is attacking paddy crops. They are very close to human settlements and have spread considerable amount of panic.”