Jumbos destroy standing crops in several villages

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jun 2018 11:15:21


Our Correspondent


A HERD of 25 elephants from Surguja and fifteen elephants from Raigarh have taken shelter in the jungles of Jashpur. Though there is panic among the residents of Kotba with the presence of elephants in village Maini and other places but the elephants seemed looking for green vegetation and water for survival. It has come to fore that some 25 jumbos from Sitapur range of Raigarh entered Maini and destroyed the crops of sugarcane, paddy and tomato. Peta, Bhimda, Samarbahar are among the affected villages. In the same way herd of fifteen elephants from Lailunga range which reached Karajoor village destroyed standing crops of the farmers in village Khaamgada, Jhimki, Rajaama and other nearby villages.

After listening to the trumpets of elephants, the villagers came to know about their existence in the village. Following which there is fear among the villagers and they are spending sleepless nights. In a bid to save themselves from the attack of elephants villagers are burning woods along with thick tyres and taking similar initiatives at their level. On receiving information about the presence of elephants in the village forest officials from Lailunga range came to the forest to take stock of the situation after initial investigation the area was ascertained as that of Ludek forest range hence the team of forest officials from Ludek should deal with the situation. Following which SDM of Patthalgaon range R R Paikra reached the spot and directed the villagers not to enter the forested areas and trouble the elephants in any manner along with other directive to save themselves from elephant’s attack. When contacted R R Paikra informed that 15 elephants from Lailunga and 25 elephants from Sarguja have migrated to Jashpur. Forest officials are keeping a close watch on their movements. He also appealed the villagers not to go to forests at night or cook anything by whose smell the elephants will get attracted towards the residential area.