Mail News Service
Chandil, Oct 3: In spite of every effort of the forest department, wild elephant herds continue to rampage paddy fields and destroy houses of villagers in Kukdu Block. Reports of destruction of crops are reported daily and villagers suffering losses are constantly claiming compensation from the forest department. On Friday night, wild elephants destroyed Sirum village farmer Ravi Singh Munda�s standing crops on six bighas of land. The pachyderms also destroyed paddy crops of other farmers in and around the Serum village in Kukdu Block. Villagers have reported that the herd comprises 17 pachyderms and are presently holed up in the Munibeda jungle of West Bengal. according to reports, the elephants stay in the jungle and venture out to bordering villages after dusk and go on the rampage destroying crops and houses and household utilities and return before sunrise to their forest shelter.