Jamshedpur, Feb. 1 : Elephants from Odisha damaged four houses at Paharia Tolain Ramgarh village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Thursday. Apart from damaging houses, the herd of more than 15 elephants, including three calves, also wiped out rice in good quantity. No one was injured in the incident.
According to Dalma forester Prakash Chandra, homes of HathiramPaharia, Tulu Paharia, Santosh Paharia and Birbal Pahariawere damaged by the elephants.The incident took place at Paharia Tola of Ramgarh at about 2.15 am.
Chandra added the herd, which had assembled near the Dalma sanctuary on January 30, had moved towards Ramgarh the following day. “ We are keeping an eye on the movement of elephants. The elephants are from Odisha and have been damaging human settlements in Seraikela-Kharsawan . We are on an alert,” he said.
Seraikela-KharsawanDFO A.Ekka said the elephants from Odisha had been damaging properties in Gamharia, Sini and Kandra for some weeks now. “Elephants are migratory elephants and can move to any places,” he added.
“The department is looking for young men between 18 to 25 years of age group for the training purpose and preference would be on those villages which are adjacent to forest,” said a middle rung forest official in the division.
People are in state of havoc due to such menace. Sometimes villagers migrate to safer places for a week or more to avoid the sudden night-time attacks of the wild elephant herds.
“We are forced to spend sleepless nights. Our lives are at risk due to rampaging elephants. Elephants regularly venture into villages, destroy houses, damage standing crops and even trample people to death. We are forced to work like a ‘night guard’ to save our lives and crops” said Langu Munda. He said that rampaging elephants are a cause of concern. Some measures have been adopted and there is need to do more to protect the people.
The farmers have been asked to inform the nearest range office in case of crop raiding so that special teams will be deputed to drive the elephants into the deep jungle.