Wild jumbo dies of electrocution in Nagaon (India)


The Sentinel

Date Published

NAGAON (HAIBORGAON), Dec 24: Another wild jumbo on Friday midnight died of electrocution in the paddy field of Nagaon Narttamgaon village near Puranigudam in Nagaon district due to alleged extreme negligence of the Nagaon Divisional Forest Official and APDCL workers, which has drawn reaction from all sections of the society.

Interestingly, a large herd of wild jumbos entered areas like Barhampur, Narttamgaon, Bherbheri, Putani Bhutaigaon, Gumuthagaon, Bakultal and Pathari and had demolished various houses and also destroyed hundreds of bighas of paddy over the past 20 days. But the forest officials allegedly failed to send back the herd to the jungle due to alleged extreme negligence of the Divisional Forest Officer. As a consequence, soon after the electrocution of the jumbo on Friday midnight, an irate local mob on Saturday morning thronged the spot and went on a rampage and in presence of DFO Dipika Chuodhury.

The mob alleged that the incident took place because of her indifference and negligence. The mob even staged protest against the indifference and negligence of DFO Choudhury and other forest officials. Subsequently, the mob also slammed the power department and alleged that wires of the old power line were hanging loose and all these years no steps had been taken to repair these old power line.

Later, higher officials of the district police administration and district administration rushed to the spot and managed to bring the situation under control and also managed to protect DFO Choudhury from the irate mob. The mob even opposed the burial of the jumbo till the officials of APDCL promised to repair the old power line within a stipulated time. Meanwhile, the local MLA and former Chief Minister P K Mahanta also rushed to the spot and took the feedback of the whole incident and urged the district forest officials as well as the APDCL to take immediate measures against free movement of wild jumbos in the areas and appealed to them to provide proper protection of the jumbos as well as the inhabitants of the greater area of Barhampur.