Guwahati: Six persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a wild elephant, reportedly coming out of the nearby Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, sneaked into a residential colony at Baghorbori area in Guwahati in the early hours of Friday morning.
Among those injured, one woman has been shifted to the nearby GNRC Hospital, said reports.
Around 2 am on Friday, the elephant reportedly came out of the nearby Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary through the boundary walls of the Army cantonment at Satgaon and entered into the residential areas of Baghorbori, apparently in search of food.
Talking to EastMojo, M Baruah, assistant conservator of forest, said that soon after entering into the unplanned residential areas of Baghorbori, the elephant started moving from one place to another resulting in destruction of a number of boundary walls and houses.
“We are trying to assess the damage caused by the animal,” said Baruah.
“We will prepare a dossier relating to the damage caused which will then be sent to the circle officer concerned. Ultimately, the principal chief conservator of forests will decide about the compensation in this regard,” he added.
As per Baruah, the state forest department is contemplating to form a squad involving local youths and forest officials to prevent any cases of man-animal conflict in the near future. “These youths with be trained properly and given adequate logistical support,” he said.
Over 10 sq km of the 78.64-sq km Amchang Wilelife Sanctuary is currently under encroachment, as per reports, with encroachers setting up about a dozen villages in the area by cutting down valuable trees and shrubs that provide shelter and food to several species of wildlife.
A massive eviction drive was carried out a few months ago following a Gauhati High Court order.
The mammal list of Amchang includes elephants, Chinese pangolins, flying foxes, slow loris, Assamese macaques, rhesus macaques, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, jungle cats, leopard cats, leopards, wild pigs, sambar, barking deer, gaur and porcupines, among others. Likewise, some of the commonly sighted birds here include lesser adjutant, greater adjutant, white-backed vulture, slender-billed vulture, khaleej pheasant, green imperial pigeon, and lesser pied hornbill.