TURA, Jan 11: A rogue elephant, which broke off from its herd caused havoc to four houses in a village in North Garo Hills early on Tuesday night. The village, Bekbekgre is part of an elephant corridor which stretches from the hilly tracts of Bangladesh, going through Balpakram and going into the forest reserves of Goadpara in Assam.
The village and its residents have been having sleepless nights since the past three weeks after a herd of over 40 elephants have been roaming around the periphery of the village itself.
“These elephants have been camping around here for the past three weeks. Just about two weeks ago a herd of over forty of them came over and destroyed a house. At that time we managed to chase them away. However yesterday (Tuesday), the elephant that came seemed on a mission of destruction and despite our best efforts, it managed to lay waste to three houses,” said a resident of the village, Bappun A Sangma.
He further stated that it was the biggest elephant he had seen in his life.
“We tried everything to move it away from our houses but it kept coming back. When the matter went out of control, we called the police while also informing the wildlife department of the matter,” he added.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 pm on Tuesday though an FIR on the incident was registered on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bajengdoba police station, under which the village falls was quick to respond to the SOS call and it was only after police arrived that the elephant was chased away from human habitation.
“None of us have been able to sleep since the past few weeks as the elephants keep coming back,” added Sangma.
The BDO of the Resubelpara block, Leena D Sangma, when contacted stated that a damage assessment was being done by the gram sevak of the area and a detailed report would be submitted to the wildlife department.
The wildlife department is also expected to pay a visit to the spot to work out how best to avoid the man-animal conflict. The Deputy Commissioner could not be contacted to confirm details of compensation to be announced to those affected by the rampage.