JORHAT, Dec 25 � People in the entire Janjimukh area are still in constant terror as a herd of wild elephants broke down more than 30 houses in the area during the last two days.
On Friday night, the jumbos suddenly started destruction in No 1 Kawoimari Ghanhigaon and broke down three houses. Last night they broke other 10 houses in Janjimukh Mising Gaon. There were more than 100 elephants including about 20 to 25 young ones in the herd. Three groups of forest department personnel are taking position in the area to control the wild herd.
According to a source, on Friday night the herd entered in the village and started devastation by breaking the houses of Khargeswar Kalita, Chabi Kalita, Bijit Saikia, Ajit Bhuyan, Bakul Kalita, Ananda Kalita, Bapuram Kalita, Krishna Kalita, Guti Hazarika, Suryya Das, Binod Murha, Khagen Bhuyan, Narayan Bhuyan, Muluk Das and Ratul Kalita.
People who were sleeping in the houses woke up hearing the noise made by the elephants and ran hither and thither to save their lives. Some fell in the river Janji and some others got minor injuries while running away from the scene. However no one was killed in the incident. The villagers had to take shelter on the southern embankment of river Janji and in a public hall in the village. The elephants then began to smash up the granaries of the people and gulp the corns stored inside. The herd also messed up the vegetable gardens of the people of the region.
Though the forest department workers are trying to control the wild jumbos, they are unable to drive the whole herd from the region. If the elephants were threatened away from one place, they started destruction in another nearby village.
According to a forest department official the herd of elephant was coming from Dichangmukh.
It is worthy to be noted that the whole area along the river Brahamaputra have been affected by the wild elephant consecutively for several years. People of the area have been living in constant fear from the jumbos all the time in the year.