Tuskers hit again, six quarters devastated

Alipurduar
30 Jul 2018

The attacks on human habitation by tuskers continue unabated in different tea-gardens adjacent to forests in Alipurduar. As the herd of tuskers are targeting quarters of the locals, panic and anger prevail among them.
After death of a person in Alipurduar in elephant-attack, similar experience was gathered by the habitants of Tasti tea-garden in Falakata block when a herd of tuskers devastated six quarters together on Sunday night.
Although the locals could just save their lives, the tuskers caused a huge ruin to their properties.
Manju Kharia, a labourer said, “Three elephants attacked our quarter first. As we ran away, the jumbos consumed the crops kept inside and also the homemade liquor. Soon, three other tuskers joined and indulged in rampaging the other quarters.”
She alleged that no help was offered by the forest officials on time. “We are frustrated. No one is taking any action. We are regularly losing lives and properties,” she said.
Although no official reaction could be availed by forest officials, a senior forest-staff preferring anonymity said that shortage of staff was a problem to rush to all spots on time. (EOIC)