Wild elephant kills youth in northern Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: A youth was killed at Ambikapur in Surguja division
and another elderly person suffered severe injuries at Marwahi in Bilaspur
district in last two days as northern parts of Chhattisgarh face wild elephant
According to sources, a youth was trying to chase away an
elephant and got severely injured in that incident. He died while undergoing
treatment at Ambikapur Mission hospital. In another incident, an elephant had
ventured into the village after getting separated from its herd and went
aggressive when it heard loud cries of people. It started running behind the
crowd and trampled Arjun Gond, the terrified locals said.
Forest officials admitted that there was a lot of damage
owing to elephants in crops, paddy, homes and human life, but they said nothing
could be done except paying compensation to victims.
Victims, however, alleged that forest department takes months
and sometimes a year to compensate which adds to their suffering. “Homelessness,
loss of crops and life and no money means beginning life from scratch, but
government doesn’t understand our pain,” Balam Gond, a local from Balrampur
Around 30 villages of Jashpur district also remain under
threat and people are forced to spend sleepless nights. Over 70 houses were
knocked down by herds of elephant in the region while six persons have died in
incidents in last two months.
Driven to desperation, more than 16 families have left the
villages in search of new home. Locals have been taking refuge at a school,
spending nights awake, taking turns. On February 5, tuskers had trampled two
villagers at Surajpur and Koriya districts to death, damaging 70-80 houses.