Elephant disaster in Jharkhand.. Gaja Raju killed 16 people in 12 days.. Officials imposed section 144


First Published Feb 22, 2023, 4:56 PM IST

An elephant created havoc in Jharkhand. In the past 12 days, 16 people have been killed. Four people were killed in a single day on Tuesday in Itki block of Ranchi district. Due to this, the people of five districts of the state are expressing their anger against that Gajaraj. In this background, the Ranchi district administration has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in Itki block to keep the villagers away from the wild elephant which has committed this unusual incident.

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According to forest officials, the elephant has so far killed more than 16 people in five districts of Jharkhand within 12 days of being separated from its herd. The deaths were reported in Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Chhatra, Lohardaga and Ranchi districts. An elephant killed five people in Lohardaga on Monday. Three of them died in the morning in a village under Bhandra police station. Another woman died in a wild elephant attack in Kudu.

Sadar Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) has imposed prohibitory orders in the area following reports of people gathering nearby with the intention of capturing a lone elephant in Itki block of Ranchi. “In order to prevent loss of life and property due to human-animal conflict in Itki block of Ranchi, prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in Itki block. We cannot rule out the possibility of villagers gathering near a wild elephant and pulling it out,” Sadar (SDO) said in the order issued.

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The order prohibits gathering of five or more people at a single place. Meanwhile, forest department officials are creating awareness among people to stay away from wild elephants. “The main reason for this violence is that this elephant was separated from its herd. It’s annoying right now. Lone elephants should be avoided. If it is moving in a certain direction, try not to go towards it,” said Shaskiar Samantha, PCCF (Wildlife).

He said that she attacks people only after getting irritated and kills those who come in her way. They told ‘The New Indian Express’ that they are constantly tracking its location and making every effort to drag it towards the separated herd. If necessary, help from other states will also be taken to control this.

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Jharkhand is a hot spot for elephants in North India. But the rise of unregulated and illegal mining over the past decade, infrastructure development, and the free movement of elephants are posing new challenges. Moreover, coal mining projects are affecting the natural corridor of elephants. Due to this, wild elephants are moving from forest areas towards human settlements. This increases the possibility of human-animal conflict. According to official statistics, 133 people died in wild elephant attacks in 2021-22, while 84 people died in 2020-21.

Last Updated Feb 22, 2023, 4:56 PM IST


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