Wild jumbos kill one, demolish houses in Chhattisgarh

June 16th, 2009 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 16 (IANS) A herd of wild tuskers trampled an elderly person to death and demolished about a dozen houses in a forested stretch of Chhattisgarh, forest officials said Tuesday.
The wild jumbos up to eight in count, lost their way and snuck into a residential forested pocket under Katghora forest division in the state’s northern Korba district Monday night. The elephants brought down at least a dozen mud houses and crushed a male tribal, Sukhiram Gond, 60, to death.

Local forest officials said that about 80 forested tribal residents of Katghora forest division who are scared of flash jumbo attacks migrated to safer areas on Tuesday. This is despite the fact that a team of forest officials reached the area early morning to drive the jumbos back to thick forests from the civilians’ forest hamlets.

The state’s vast northern belt comprising Surguja, Jashpur, Koria, Korba and Raigarh has repeatedly witnessed man-elephant conflict for about a decade.

The state government said last month that it planned to work on a proposal of Earth Matters Foundation (an NGO) that has suggested setting up Elephant Villages in trouble-hit districts to keep wild jumbos away from civilian forest areas.

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