Baby elephant found dead along Assam-Meghalaya border in Hahim, section 144
imposed for security
India Today NE
November 20, 2023
The lifeless body of a wild baby elephant was discovered by locals along
the Assam-Meghalaya border in the Hahim area under the Singra Forest Range
Office on November 20. The discovery took place on the banks of the Singra
A team, including West Kamrup DFO Dimpy Bora, Kamrup District
Administration, and a Boko Police team reached the site to assess the
situation. DFO Dimpi Bora revealed that a team of veterinarians from
Guwahati would arrive on November 21 to conduct a post-mortem examination.
The region has been struggling with a herd of wild elephants causing havoc
in the Hahim area for the past week. The pachyderms have been responsible
for destroying paddy fields, banana plantations, and houses in Hahim and
In response to the escalating human-wildlife conflict, DFO Bora announced,
"A herd of wild elephants is roaming in the Hahim area, prompting the Assam
state forest department and police to launch an operation tonight to drive
them away from the residential area." To ensure public safety, Section 144
has been imposed in Hahim and the surrounding areas for one day.
However, local groups in Hahim have raised concerns about the possible
connection between the baby elephant's death and illegal sand and gravel
mining. Aschyut Rabha, President of the Hahim regional unit of the Sixth
Schedule Demand Committee of Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, alleged, "Due
to the mining of sand and other materials, deep ditches have been created,
and the baby elephant, along with the herd, fell into one of these ditches
while attempting to drink water from the river."
Mridul Rabha, President of the Hahim unit of All Rabha Students Union,
echoed similar sentiments, blaming the state forest department for
negligence and accusing sand smugglers of exacerbating the situation. Rabha
stated, "The herd of elephants was trying to cross the river, and the baby
elephant fell into a ditch created by sand mining. Due to the negligence of
the forest department, such incidents are occurring in the Hahim area."
The residents of Hahim are expressing frustration claiming that wild
elephants have been causing terror in the area annually, and the Forest
Beat Office in Hahim has not taken adequate measures to address the issue.
This ongoing conflict between humans and elephants has resulted in the
destruction of crops, public properties, and unfortunate fatalities in