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Tusker terror in Kandra villages

Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: A tusker, which had entered Kandra after getting separated from its herd earlier this month, has unleashed terror in villages dotting the foothills of Dalma.

It has already destroyed acres of paddy fields and razed several huts in Kandra and Chowka in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district.

Divisional forest officer, Seraikela, A.T. Mishra said the animal was currently on the rampage in Bhuiyandih village, about 15km away from here towards Chandil. “The elephant has destroyed paddy fields and trampled at least 18 houses in the villages of Seraikela. It has got the taste of paddy and this is one of the main reasons it is refusing to leave the villages,” he said.

On the strategies being adopted to drive the tusker back to Dalma, Mishra said that forest officials had distributed crackers, tyres and drums among villagers so that they could help in the mission.

“Since it is difficult to monitor the elephant’s movement in the dark, villagers know about its presence only when a house is attacked. On an average, the tusker is attacking two houses every night and it is damaging only that portion of the house where paddy is stocked. It leaves the place after devouring the paddy,” said the divisional forest officer.

Mishra said they would wait for a few more days. “If the tusker does not return home even then, we will press experts into service to drive it back to Dalma. I will consult forest officials in Bengal, too,” he said.

The tusker had parted from a herd of four that had migrated to Seraikela in October and left in January.

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