One more villager lost his life in a village along the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam’s Udalguri district.

The victim has been identified as Bimal Debnath, an inhabitant of 2 No. Borengajuli village under Dimakuchi police station.

The incident took place on Wednesday night.

A herd of wild elephants, that came down from the Indo-Bhutan border hills, neighbouring Udalguri district, have entered villages including Dimakuchi, Rajagarh, Nalapara, Borengajuli , Dharmajuli, Tankibasti and Bholatar.

The herd of wild jumbos has entered the human habitats in search of foid.

The entry of the wild jumbos has been creating fear-psychosis among the villagers for the past fortnight as they have damaged several houses.

The affected villages fall under the Nonai forest division in Udalguri district.

“The villages are being frequented by wild jumbos every night as a result of which the villagers are spending sleepless nights.”

“Every year, wild elephants come and spark terror in our village,” said Tankeswar Deka, a resident of Borengabari village in Udalguri.

Wildlife conservationists  have strongly lamented the passive role of the forest department, who  have at large ignored the apathy of villageers.

Though there are electric fencings installed in some areas of Khalingduar Reserve Forest and Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary but lack of  timely repairing has made them almost non-functional, villagers said.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com