Monday, September 19, 2011

Jharkhand's anti-Maoist push drives tuskers wild

Anti-Maoist operations in Jharkhand have caused a herd of elephants to migrate from Saranda jungle, bordering the districts of West Singhbhum and Simdega, and damage standing crops and houses in nearby settlements.

'These elephants are running amok in villages and damaging standing crops and houses,' Ranchi circle conservator K.N. Thakur told IANS. 'Villagers are somehow protecting their lives.'

There are 18 elephants in the rampaging herd and villagers are angry at the damage. 'They have threatened to set the forest office on fire,' Thakur said. 'Forest officials have assured them that they would call experts and train them on how to drive the rampaging herd away.'

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