Nabajyoti Baruah distributing flashlights to Nonai Range Officer, Satya Boro(centre) along with forest guards at the latter's office on 13.06.18. Photo: Northeast Now

The fury of wild jumbos continues unabated along Indo-Bhutan border villages near Khalingduar Reserve Forest under Nonai Forest Division in Udalguri district of Assam.

The woes of villagers of Uttar Gatuajhar know no bounds where nearly 30 families have lost their households and crops in the past few weeks.

A herd of 80-100 wild jumbos has been creating terror in the area, following which mass exodus is taking place.

The fear stricken residents finding no alternative has shifted to neighbouring villages along with their belongings.

But, in such a scenario a positive intervention by wildlife activists like Nabajyoti Baruah has been lauded by villagers and forest officials of Khalingduar Reserve Forest.

Baruah,a known nature lover who has relentlessly volunteering to mitigate the man-elephant conflict in the district for the past decade distributed fifty numbers of high powered flash lights to keep a vigil on wild elephants to villagers of Uttar Garuajhar and forest guards of Khalingduar Reserve Forest on Wednesday.

Ranger of Nonai Forest Division, Satya Boro praised the efforts of Baruah for consistently endeavouring to tackle the man-elephant conflict in the region.

Talking to Northeast Now, forest guards namely Rajen Daimari, Lalit Boro, Bibungsha Baglari, Bhaben Das expressed their gratefulness to the nature lover for aiding them with the necessary gear.

“We currently have only two functioning flashlights which we carry during patrolling duty at night in the areas most affected by man-animal conflicts”, said Bhaben Das.

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Villagers moving to safer places because of continued elephant menace. Photo: Northeast Now

Local youths like Mithu Sarkar, Dibakar Nayak and Ankit Tanti who have been voluntarily associating themselves with tackling the menace of man-elephant conflict also attended the flashlight distribution programme at Uttar Garuajhar where villagers received the flashlights.

It is to be mentioned that Nabajyoti Baruah has been relentlessly working towards mitigating the man-elephant conflict by planting 2000 number of banana saplings in the area this year, besides constructing a number of watch-towers in the conflict zone villages.

Baruah has exhorted the Forest Department to chalk out long term plans to mitigate the issue and relieve the woes of border populace.

Shajid Khan

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

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