Tuskers spread terror in Chhattisgarh’s forested region

August 3rd, 2008 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Aug 3 (IANS) A seven-year-old girl was trampled to death by a wild tusker in a forested stretch in Chhattisgarh, taking to eight the number of people killed by rogue elephants since June. Villagers have held demonstrations to demand that the wild elephants be hunted down. The latest casualty was reported late Saturday in Korba district’s Karatala block when the girl along with her parents was gathering wood in the jungle. She was killed by a tusker.

Villagers of Rangadha, where the girl belonged, have reiterated their demand that wild elephants roaming around the forested region of Korba district be hunted down.

The thick forested northern region, comprising Surguja, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur and Korea district, are notorious for human-elephant conflict incidents. The region has witnessed seven killings of tribals and widespread damages to houses and crops by rogue elephants since June.

O.P. Yadav, divisional forest officer, Jashpur, told IANS Sunday that expert hunters from West Bengal would be reaching Jashpur soon to hunt a killer elephant there with a tranquilizer gun.

After hundreds of villagers of Jashpur district held an indefinite road blockade with the body of an elderly man killed by an elephant last week, the state government issued an order to hunt down the elephant.

The government pays villagers millions of rupees in compensation for the loss of human lives and damage caused to houses and crops. Sometimes villagers migrate to safer places for a week or more to avoid the sudden night-time attacks of the wild elephants.

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