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Elephants run riot in Dhubri

Dhubri, Nov. 22: Five houses were damaged and two persons injured when a herd of elephants came down from Garo hills and rampaged through the villages under Mancahar police station of Dhubri district last night.

The elephants were following their traditional migration route from Garo hills to the Assam plains, an official of the Dhubri divisional forest office said.

During this season, food becomes scarce and the jumbos move to nearby areas and paddy fields. They damage and destroy any obstructions along the way, the official said. “They have their own natural corridor, ”he added.

In the early hours of Thursday, elephants had damaged 12 houses in Teldhala, Phutamari, Boubazar and Manjuri villages under Mancachar police station. Altogether 17 houses, belonging to 13 families, have been damaged so far.

In view of this situation, Dhubri divisional forest officer (DFO) Mohibul Ahmed has sought co-operation from his Tura counterpart. The Dhubri DFO has also engaged a task force to send stray elephants back to the Garo hills forests.

“I requested him to co-operate with forest officials of Dhubri division in bringing back the herd to their forest. Our task force has been engaged to send the herd back to the Garo hills forests,” Ahmed said.