Raipur: A herd of wild elephants that strayed into various places in Dharamjaigarh forest division have trigged panic among locals.
Dharamjaigarh SDO BS Sarote has informed that a herd of 66 elephants was sighted in the Dharamjaigarh forest division till Saturday. Elephants often stop on the road for some time while crossing the road. Villagers in the range where elephants are present are alerted as well as many types of tips are being given to the villagers to protect them from elephants to avoid any untoward incident.
The forest department is on alert in the view of possibility of increasing the risk of life and property due to the presence of such a large number of wild tuskers. People are constantly being requested to remain safe and not to go to the affected area. On Friday evening, a group of elephants came to the main road in village Deuramar of the bark range. The movement of this route was also disrupted. However, the traffic was restored after they went back to forest area.
As per official sources, among the 66 wild tuskers, 30 to 35 are believed to be in Chaal range while 15 to 20 in Dharamjaigarh forest enclosure. Besides, elephants are also present in Boro and Kapu range. As on Saturday, about 66 elephants are strayed in four ranges and villages are advised not to go in the affected areas. However, still there is panic among the locals as the elephants were spotted in main road on Friday evening. No loss of life or crop damage has been reported yet. The activities of these wild tuskers are continuously being monitored by the forest department.