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Assam: 924 people killed in man-elephant conflict in last 10 years

Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said as many as 924 people got killed in the man-elephant conflict in Assam in the last 10 years.

In a written reply, the minister also said that the number of people injured in such conflicts during the period stood at 772.

Replying to a query by BJP MLA Terash Gowalla, the minister said conflicts were mostly reported from 16 districts – Goalpara, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Nagaon, Hojai, Udalguri, Baksa, Majuli, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Chirang, Tinsukia, Kamrup, Darrang, and Sivasagar.

Congress MLA Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah, on his part, said along with humans, the elephants are also getting killed in the conflicts.

BJP legislator Rupjyoti Kurmi informed the House that Assam had over 5,600 elephants.
“Elephants from neighbouring hill states come to the plains of Assam in search of food… The Assam government should seek the Centre’s help in this regard,” he added.

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