4 killed, 2 injured in tusker attack
Four persons died and two others injured when two elephants attacked them near Bhatar in Burdwan.
The incident triggered tension in the area as the two elephants carried out massive destruction in the locality.
After carrying out destruction for over 48 hours, the forest department officials had tranquilised the two wild elephants.
Forest department official said that on Friday night seven tuskers entered Galsi area of Burdwan from a jungle in Bankura by crossing Damodar river.
The forest department officials managed to drive five elephants away into the forest while the two carried out massive destructions in the Sako, Chandul area of Galsi. One person was injured badly there. Early Sunday night the two elephants entered the Bhatar in Burdwan. Two villagers were killed at Nasigram village in Bhatar after being caught in the stampede of the wild tuskers. When the elephants were heading towards the Monteswar one of the animals crushed two persons to death.
After the animals carried out massive destruction to the property and also loss of human lives, the forest department officials reached to the spot and tranquilised the two wild elephants.
The forest department officials were taking necessary steps to release them in the forest. It may be mentioned that the elephants entering into the human habitats has become a problem for the forest department.
The experts in the field believe that due to the shrinking of the forest the elephants are entering into the villages. Few weeks ago there had been quite a few incidents where the wild tuskers caused much damage in various places giving hard times to the forest department.