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Wild elephant kills 1 in Bandarban

CHTJ, BANDARBAN

One settler Bangalee was killed and three others were injured in an attack by a herd of wild elephants in Bandarban sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

The deceased was identified as Abul Kashem, 60, of Kadukhola village in the upazilla.

The injured are Mamtaj Uddin, 40, Jakir Hossain, 35, of the area and a local journalist Jamir Uddin, 32, of district town area.

The wild elephant entered Kadukhola village from nearest reserve forest area in the morning and injured the two.

The elephants killed Kashem on the spot at around 7 pm.

Ranglai Mro, a union parishad chairman said, “We contacted with the district administration and forest authority several times but in vain.”

Loss of habitats and food sources has forced the wild elephants of around 14 to 15 in number from nearest reserve forest area to march to adjacent villages in search of food, triggering a conflict with villagers, he added.

They are damaging the croplands and gardens people of Bhagyokul, Goyalmara and Kadukhola and Alinagor villages of the upazilla.

We have already stopped doing everything except guarding our farmlands and ourselves from dusk to dawn," said Abul Kalam, a farmer of Kadukhola village along with others.

Most of the inhabitants of the four villages like him are spending sleepless nights with spears, torch and sticks to protect themselves and also their only source of livelihood from these largest land mammals that too are badly in need of food.

An ever-increasing population is destroying the habitats and grazing zones of the elephants, forcing the giants to raid the villages, says local green activist Jumlian Amlai.

Contacted, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the district said, the settlers who are living illegally in the deep forest area are mostly affected by the wild elephants as they destroy the habitants of the elephants.

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