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An ever increasing concern : 2 elephants electrocuted to death in Baksa after they came in touch with electric fences

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Two adult female elephants died in Assam’s Baksa district near the Bhutan border on Friday night after coming into contact with a high-voltage electric wire. 

On Saturday, a forest official stated the incident occurred near the Batabari woodland range in Koroibari. According to the official, the jumbos came down from a hilly location in quest of food and were electrocuted after coming into touch with an electric fence unlawfully built around a rice field. 

The man surrendered

Reshan Daimary, the man accused of erecting an electric fence around his paddy field to protect his crops, turned himself in at the Singra police station. According to the official, an investigation into the occurrence is underway, and the individual will be charged under the Wildlife Protection Act. 

Also Read: From “Big Mary” to “Murderous Mary”: The town that witnessed the death of the majestic elephant

Poisoning and natural calamities have claimed the lives of a large number of elephants

It was the third occurrence of elephant electrocution in Assam this year, according to data. Between 2011 and 2019, 90 elephants were electrocuted in the state. A high number of elephants have died as a result of poisoning and natural disasters.

Reports of the forest department

According to a forest department report, 18 elephants were killed by lightning in central Assam’s Nagaon district in May of this year. An investigation was also conducted to determine whether the pachyderms were killed by lightning or if foul activity was involved. By submitting a proposal, the state administration consulted with national and international experts and organizations.

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