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Assam: A 95-year-old stampeded in man-elephant conflict near Dehing Patkai National Park

A 95-year-old man was trampled to death by wild elephants in Duliajan area of upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as Bholanath Hazarika of Kathalguri village in the outskirts of Dehing Patkai National Park.

According to locals, a herd of elephants had come down from the Dehing Patkai National Park and rampaged through the village.

“This has been a regular event now a days. We have complained to the forest department about this, but they haven’t taken any steps regarding this,” said a local.

Dehing Patkai, spreads across 231.65 square kms is the largest stretch of lowland rainforests in India and has been declared an elephant reserve under Project Elephant initiated on 1992 to conserve the jumbo population.

Assam has the highest elephant population in the country after Kerala.

Besides Dibrugarh, several districts in Bodoland Territorial Region bordering Indo-bhutan borders are also facing several instances of man-elephant conflicts.

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