TEZPUR, Sept 29 - The citizens here, particularly, the inhabitants of Kumar Gaon area under Ward No. 2 here, have expressed their dissatisfaction over the Forest department�s alleged failure to check the havoc often created by herds of wild elephants in some parts of the town.
It is to be mentioned here that following acute fodder and habitat shortage problem, herds of wild elephants in areas of Sonitpur district, from Sonai-Rupai sanctuary to Nameri National Park and its adjoining areas, including some parts of Tezpur town have been creating trouble over the last many years.
There are allegations that the Nameri National Park and the Sonai-Rupai sanctuary and other reserve forest areas in Sonitpur district, which are considered to be major habitats for wild life including the wild elephants, are being denuded, by the timber smugglers in nexus with many forest officials. For this reason and due to the submergence of the Kaziranga National Park by floods during the summer season of the year, herds of wild elephants come down to village and the tea garden areas and even to some parts of Tezpur town, creating mayhem among the people.
A few days back, a herd of 12 wild elephants, from the KNP, after losing their habitat, following floods, entered Tezpur�s Kumar Gaon area and damaged properties of many families. Though no one was hurt, a fear psychosis still prevails among the people of the ward.
As this is a regular affair in the area for the past few years, residents of the town have been urging the Forest Department and also the civil administration here, to take measures to check the problem.
Renu Devi Goswami, a resident of Kumar Gaon area and whose family was the major victim of the recent havoc created by the herd of wild elephants, said that even after many such incidents, a couple of years back at Tezpur ITI, DC office and different places of the town by herds of wild elephants, no measure has been taken to check the problem. Explaining the shocking experience of the day, she said, �I felt that my family was left to the jaws of death, since the people, including officials of the Forest department and the civil administration and social leaders present at the spot, were seen busy in taking �selfies� instead of doing something for us.�