Chhattisgarh villagers told to stay indoors to avoid wild tuskers

August 10th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Aug 10 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Sunday issued an advisory to forested people, mainly of Jashpur district facing repeated attacks by wild tuskers, to stay indoors at night. The forest department has advised Jashpur residents to remain in their houses after sunset till sunrise as a herd of rogue elephants is roaming in nearby araes.

“If it is urgent to come out of houses between sunset and sunrise, then do only in a group and not alone, and also with sufficient light arrangements, to avoid elephants deadly attacks,” said the advisory put out by O.P. Yadav, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Jashpur.

The DFO has strongly advised Jashpur residents not to drink liquor at night as its smell attracts rogue elephants, who get upset and start attacking people, demolishing houses and destroying standing crops.

The government issued an order to hunt down a rogue elephant late last month on the demand of hundreds of agitating people in Jashpur, located in the state’s extreme northern region.

Besides Jashpur, the state’s other northern districts - Surguja, Korea, Korba and Raigarh - also regularly witness cases of man-elephant conflict. Dozens of people have been killed by wild elephants in recent years in the region.

The state government annually pays to villagers in the northern region millions of rupees in compensation for the loss of human lives and the damage caused to houses and crops.

Sometimes villagers migrate to safer places for a week or more to avoid the sudden night-time attacks by herds of wild elephant.

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