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2 straying elephants carry out rampage in Durgapur, none hurt

Kolkata: Two elephants strayed into Durgapur from Dalma forest and went on a rampage at the Coke Oven police station area on Wednesday morning.
This had triggered tension among the locals. The two wild tuskers entered the Karongopara area.
They also entered the New Town ship area after passing through Liluahbadh Bustee area. After being chased by the forest personnel, the two tuskers took refuge in the Bidhannagar area.
There was, however, no report of any injury in the incident. People went berserk after they spotted the wild animal gazing on the road. Some took out their mobile phones and captured photographs of the two.
According to a forest department official, one tusker went towards the Shibpur forest in Kanksa while the other was roaming freely inside the township giving hard time to forest department.
The other one entered the FCI colony and carried out some damages.
The tusker was finally tranquilised by the Forest Department officials. It took around nearly eight hours for the forest department to tranquilise the animal and later it was lifted on a truck with the help of two cranes.
Forest official had to administer three tranquilisers. It was a difficult time for the police to manage a large number of people gathered there to have glimpses of the wild tuskers. It would be set free at Jhilmili jingle.
A senior forest department official in the district said the two elephants entered Durgapur from Bankura by crossing Damodar River.
The two elephants were separated from the herd. The forest department had restricted the movement of the elephants further into the city.
In a separate incident, fresh pugmarks were found at Rangamati area of Lalgarh on Wednesday morning triggering panic among the villagers.
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