JORABAT, Jan 10 - Three elephants straying out of west Aprikula reserve forest area under Sonapur Forest Range early this morning created panic among the residents of Lalmati and Uloni areas.
Upon being informed, a joint team of police and forest personnel reached the spot and started operations to chase away the elephants towards the jungle.
Dalin Das, the Range Officer of Sonapur Forest Range informed that no casualities were reported and the situation was under control. Das added that the elephants have been wandering in the area for the last ten days and the forest department has been taking steps to prevent human-elephant conflicts.
Today fire-crackers were burst to chase away the elephants. Das said the elephants have been wandering in search of food as there is a shortfall of food in the forests. He said that prudent steps to stop the elephants from coming out of the forest have been taken by the forest department, which included plantation in the forests.