Two elephants ran amok in a village at Malbazar in Jalpaiguri on Sunday morning. The tuskers came into the village from Gorumara forest in search of food. After damaging crops and some huts, the tuskers damaged a portion of the wall of an ICDS Centre.
Banamali Seth, a local resident, said that the tuskers went inside the ICDS centre after breaking a portion of wall and ate away rice and pulses. There were huge quantities of rice and pulses stocked inside the centre for midday meal of children.
It led to a huge loss and ICDS workers are now trying to find out a way to continue providing midday meal to children till the next stock of rice and cereals come. The incident led to panic in the area and attempt of the local people to send the elephants out of the village had failed. Forest department officials reached the spot and sent the elephants back to Gorumara Forest.
In another incident in Noth Bengal, a cheetah was found dead in Chamari Tea Estate at Baikunthapur in Malda. On Sunday morning some workers of the tea garden found the cheetah in section seven of the tea garden and informed the officers of the state forest department.
The body of the cheetah was taken to Targhera Range Office for an autopsy. The forest department officials suspect that the Cheetah died after having something poisonous.