One more person has been trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in Udalguri on Monday morning while another was injured in the attack.
According to information, the woman who was trampled by the herd of wild jumbos, has been identified 48-year-old Birashmoni Bara, a labourer.
The incident took place when Birashmoni Bara was plucking tea leaves at about 4.30 am in Badlapara Tea Estate under Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri on Monday morning.
The herd of wild jumbos also attacked one of her friends, 34-year-old Bandhain Bara, who suffered grievous injury.
Bandhain Bara is currently undergoing treatment.
The Indo-Bhutan border villages in Udalguri district continues to be affected by human-animal conflict
The wild elephants, which come down from the reserve forest along the Indo-Bhutan border area, continue to create terror and trample humans creating fear and panic among the border populace.
A herd of wild elephants earlier trampled a 16-year-old boy – Rupali Toppo – daughter of Baranbas Toppo and Jasinta Toppo at Badlapara Tea Estate under Dimakuchi Police Station in Udalguri district on October 7 night.
Following the incident, a large number of tea garden labourers gheraoed the bungalow of the manager of the tea estate following which the manager, Arup Baruah, assured the labourers of due compensation by the garden management.
Talking to Northeast Now over the telephone on Monday, Baruah said, “I have taken the necessary measures for ex-gratia compensation to the family of the victim and the injured by the garden management.”
He further stated that the demand of power fencing is not a viable option as it would block the natural corridors of the jumbos which they use as a passage and it would be detrimental towards maintaining ecological balance.
It is pertinent to mention that three persons have lost their lives and one wild elephant has been killed this month till date.