Panic spreads as elephant herd roaming at border area
Published: 10:23 PM, 24 April 2021
Locals in panic as elephant herd roaming at border area in Sherpur
A herd of elephants has been roaming randomly at the border villages in Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur. The farmers of the area are in a panic over the current boro crops. The locals have been spending sleepless nights lighting torches for the last few days to protect the crops.
After sundown, the herd comes down the hills of Dalukona and Khalchanda areas of the upazila to eat ripe paddy. To protect the boro crop, the locals are patrolling with torches to chase away the elephants.
Parimal Koch of Khalchanda village said boro paddy has started ripening in the hills at present. Every year during the paddy and jackfruit ripening season, the herd of elephants comes to the locality in the evening in search of food.
Last Tuesday evening, 20-25 wild elephants came down in the paddy field of Dalukona area of Andharupara village in Pal upazila. Sensing their presence, a group of people chased them away by shouting and with torches, he also said, adding: “During the day, the elephants stay in the forest on the zero-line of the border and in the evening, they come down to the plains to eat rice.”
About 15 years ago, a herd of wild elephants left the peak hills of Meghalaya, India and moved to the Garo hills of Bangladesh. The elephants could not return to their habitats due to the barbed wire fence on the Indian border and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) barricades, said Poragaon UP Chairman Azad Mia. “At first, the number of elephants in the Garo hills was 20-25. This number is now more than 50-60. This group roams the border area.”
He added that the people of the hill villages have not slept for three days. “We are trying to stand by the victims on behalf of UP.”
Nalitabari UNO Helena Parveen said, “I went to the area after getting the news. Five liters of kerosene oil have been distributed among 51 people to light torches to chase away wild elephants.0 The list of victims is also being made.”