Two wild jumbos were killed after they came in contact with illegally installed electric fences in lower Assam’s Baksa district near the Bhutan border.

Forest officials said the incident took place on Friday in the Koroibari area near the Batabari Forest Range.

The elephants, both adult females, sneaked into the area from the Bhutan Hills in search of food, said an official.

A person, identified as Reshan Daimary, had allegedly installed the electric fences to protect his crops from elephants.

As per reports, he surrendered before the police after the incident.

The official said an investigation into the incident is underway.

“Daimary will be taken into custody and booked under the Wildlife Protection Act,” he said.

This is the third incident of electrocution of elephants this year.

Illegal electric fences have claimed the lives of 13 jumbos so far in the district.

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