11-Year Old Killed, Wild Elephant Stamped on the Sleeping Child in Satgaon,
June 5, 2021
GUWAHATI: In a tragic incident, an 11-year old year child was killed and a
one and half-year-old child was seriously injured after a wild elephant
stamped on them while they were sleeping. The unfortunate incident took
place near the Amchang tea garden area in Satgaon on the outskirts of
According to locals of the area, the family's house was destroyed by wild
elephants and they were forced to sleep out in the open. Jiten Karuwa, the
father of the two children works in the Amchang tea garden and they live in
a thatched accommodation nearby.
Narrating the incident, one of the locals said that the incident took place
at around 12:30 AM while the family was asleep. "Their house has been
destroyed and now one of their children is dead and the younger one is
battling for life. They were sleeping when a wild elephant stamped on the
children. The elder child died."
This is among the several instances of man-elephant conflict that has been
going on in Assam. So far, there have been a number of instances when
elephants entering homes and destroying paddy and houses, and other
In December 2020, a herd of wild elephants entered the Bihali area of
Biswanath Chariali in the night causing disturbance among the people. The
herd of the elephant strayed out of Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the
sixth edition which was made under the Northern Range, Biswanath in search
of food and was roaming around the Bihali area of the district. The local
people of the area informed the forest department officials about the
elephant coming to the township area.
In July 2020, a herd of elephants destroyed several houses in Jagun Namphai
in Tinsukia district near Assam-Arunachal border-covered area under Jagun
Police Station in the evening. The cases of conflict between humans and
wild elephants are increasing in the Jagun area where the jumbos create
havoc destroying houses and leaving the people homeless.
According to a source, the elephants had come from the Namphai reserve
forest and have destroyed the crop fields and households of many poor
farmers who are now in a state of trauma. It is assumed that due to lack of
food (fruits and herbs) in the forest these wild elephants are forced to
enter human-occupied areas.
Earlier in 2018, a herd of wild elephants which was also strayed out of
Kaziranga National Park, sixth addition destroyed several houses and crops
at Gohpur in Biswanath district and Chariduar near Assam Arunachal Border
in Sonitpur district.