Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi, Dec 08: A herd of 42 tuskers created a ruckus in the Block as farmers lost lakhs and as per reports the forest staff also reached the spot late. As the herd is accommodating a newly born baby elephant, the group has gone aggressive over its security and plundering food fodder feed and standing crops.
This group of tuskers, 42 in number, damaged the crops of some farmers in Rumga village, while returning towards Pasan range of Korba district but taking a turn to reach the area compressed with evergreen trees, majorily teak plantation. In the village of Naka under Marwahi forest range, crops worth lakhs of 2 to 3 farmers have been ruined, due to which the farmers are demanding compensation and MLA KK Dhruv also reached out to the affected and gave necessary directions to the forest department for compensation.
As per information, farmer Vimla Bai/Ramayana Singh has lost about 07 of paddy in Paddy Sub Purchase Center Bansital. Similarly, Ramayan Singh/Mardan Singh has lost 41 quintals, while Shakuntala/Chain Singh have lost 121 quintals of paddy. All these affected farmers had recently registered to sell paddy in the new paddy sub-procurement center Bansital, but the elephants have completely destroyed the entire crop, and these farmers have fallen in debt after their yield getting destroyed.
There are also reports that the Forest officials failed to reach the area, and it is speculated that if department would have reached the spot with immediate force on information, then the possible damage could be minimized. Meanwhile there are also reports of people crossing danger marks, in taking pictures and videos of the herd. Recently as the herd crossed a road, a group of people were seen clicking pictures from a relatively nearer space.
What official says:
“Hathi Mitra team has been formed in the forest division to keep watch all the time, if there is any negligence in this, necessary action will be taken. Action is being taken to provide compensation amount at the earliest after assessing the loss of the affected.”
Sanjay Tripathi DFO Marwahi