KALAIGAON, May 31 - Adding to the gradually growing tally of human-elephant conflict in Udalguri district, one more person namely� Khas Bahadur Rai (65) of village No. 3 Kundarbil under Harisinga police station was killed by the same wild loner elephant this morning. The tusker had killed two villagers on May 17 morning. According to information, the victim was walking by the riverside when the elephant attacked him without any provocation, killing him instantly.
So far more than 117 people and 55 wild elephants have lost their lives in the district in the last six years. In the current year, five persons were killed by wild elephants at various places in the district. People allege that the Forest department has done nothing to protect both man and animals in the district. Pramesh Rabha, a wildlife activist of Udalguri expressed regret over the alarming rate of causalities in Udalguri district. He told this correspondent that the Forest department did not do anything practical so as to minimise the conflict. According to him, the same loner makhna had so far killed four people in the Indo-Bhutan border villages. He requested the Forest department to immediately identify the elephant and push him back to the Bhutan hills.