GUWAHATI, Sept 14 - At least three people were injured – one woman seriously – after a wild elephant from Amchang entered the Baghorbori area of the city and ran amok for over two hours.
Forest officials said the male elephant entered the Baghorbori area through the Narengi Golf Course.
“People tried to chase it from all sides, and as a result it ran amok, damaging a couple of vehicles, fences of houses. Locals claimed that at least three persons were injured by the elephant. But looking at the injuries, it appears that they were hurt while running from the elephant,” the official said.
One of the injured woman has been admitted to the GNRC. She is learnt to have broken two ribs and sustained injuries to her mouth.
A team of forest officials later chased away the elephant to the Baghorbori hill. Meanwhile, the forest department has formed a committee to assess the damage caused by the elephant so that compensation can be released to the affected families.
“The DFO has also suggested forming of a projection squad in the area by roping in local youths. We will provide them with crackers, torchlights and other equipment. Elephants frequently come down to the area. We need to mobilise the people so that the damage caused is minimum,” sources said.