DIBRUGARH: In a shocking incident, a 48-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Abhaypur village under Namrup police station in Dibrugarh on Saturday evening.
The deceased was identified as Nandeswar Gogoi.
The reports say that Nandeswar Gogoi was returning from Namrup market at around 9 pm, he met a wild elephant on the road and chased the elephant and later trampled it.
Residents said that the elephants had left the Joypur reserve forest in search of food and entered the residential area.
“We are relieved because often, wild elephants come out of Joypur forest in search of food and enter our villages. We have urged the forest department to take steps to stop the destruction of wild elephants,” said a villager.
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Elephants from the Joypur reserve forest regularly move to and around the Assam-Arunachal border.
The deceased’s brother who spoke to the media asked the Assam government to provide compensation to the victim’s family and to take responsibility for the children’s education.
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“Human-elephant conflict is increasing rapidly due to deforestation. We urge the government to solve the problem,” he said.
Devojit Moran, an environmental activist said, “Due to the decrease in forest cover elephant conflict has been increasing. The forest department should work together with the villagers to stop the conflict. Wild elephants often come in.” the villages in search of food during the winter season. Most of the elephant herds have destroyed the agricultural fields, the poor farmer has tried different techniques to stop the destruction of the elephants which has caused conflict”.
Pushpadhar Buragohain, Divisional Officer of Jeypore said, “We have sent the body for post-mortem. As a matter of procedure, the family will get compensation. The elephant comes from the Jeypore reserve forest near the village.”