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Assam: Mother, son trampled to death by wild elephant in Goalpara

In a tragic incident, two people were trampled to death by a wild elephant at Karipara Tilapara under Matia police station in Assam’s Goalpara district on Monday.

The deceased have been identified as Minjula Khatun and Minajul Haque of Dudhnoi.

According to locals, both were sleeping when the wild elephant trampled them to death. Minjula was the mother of 4-years-old Minajul.

“The forest department has failed miserably to stop the elephant depredation. Goalpara district is the most affected by man-elephant conflict. The herd of elephants has been continuously moving towards our village in the last several weeks. We have informed the forest department to take steps to drive elephants but they failed to take steps,” said a resident.

It is to be noted that for the last several months, herds of wild elephants have been creating havoc in Dudhnoi Krishnai and Rangjuli forests. Incidents of man-elephant conflict have become a regular problem for the residents of the area.

“After the Gauhati High Court order for creating a task force to stop human-elephant conflict, why the forest department failed to create the special force, which is fully equipped to stop the conflict between human-elephant,” alleged a resident.

“A wild elephant comes out from the forest area and trampled both of them to death. It was an unfortunate incident. We have sent the bodies for postmortem. Both were sleeping when the incident occurred,” said a forest official.

He further added, “The elephants are coming out of the forest in search of food. Forest covers are shrinking due to rampant cutting down of trees as a result elephants come out from the forest in search of food and enter human habitation.”

According to official figures, Assam lost 75 human lives in 2019-20, as many as 91 in 2020-21, and 63 in 2021-22.

With 5,719 wild elephants (as per the 2017 Census), Assam houses the second-highest number of wild elephants after Karnataka (6,049).

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