TEZPUR, Sept 12 - Officials of the Forest Department managed to chase away the herd of wild elephants which had created panic among the citizens of ward number 2 here on Friday morning.
Narayan Mahanta, DFO, Sonitpur West Division informed this correspondent that a herd of 11 wild elephants including three calves were displaced from the Kaziranga National Park following flood waters entered the town on Thursday night. The herd took shelter in the Paarbatia Tapu after migrating from KNP which later entered the Kumarpara area under Ward No- 2. The herd damaged dwellings and boundary walls of many families.
Though no harm to any human beings was reported, two families in the Kumarpara area had to be confined within the house whole day as the elephants camped in front of their gates. On the other hand, another herd of wild elephants is creating havoc in the Sessa Tea Estate under Rangapara PS in Sonitpur district for the last one week. The herd has destroyed 17 houses, four shops, one anganwadi centre and a bhog ghar of a temple in the tea garden. According to forest officials, the herd had come from the Sonai Rupai Sanctuary.