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Illegal Electric Fencing Kills Wild elephant at Rani, Father-Son Detained

The Elephant-human conflict is now on the rise in various parts of the state.

One wild elephant dies due to illegal electric fencing on Thursday night.

The incident took place at Rani Udaipur farm under the Rani Forest Affairs Office on the Assam-Meghalaya border.

The death of a wild animal after being electrocuted by a power line has caused a stir in the region.

The wild elephant came from the Kawasing reserve forest (RF) on the Assam-Meghalaya border on Thursday night in search of food.

The elephant died as soon as it was struck by an electric wire while it was eating paddy at Rani Udaipur.

The news of the death of the wild elephant spread in the area speedily.

Police have arrested the father and son, Rameshwar Kalita and Gautam Kalita for connecting electricity wires in the farm.

Meanwhile, Rohini Kumar Saikia, Forest Zone Officer, East Kamarupa Forest Division, Gyan Ranjan Das, and Golap Bania, Assistant Forest Conservator, came to the spot to find out about the death of the elephant.

After a post-mortem examination of the 40-year-old elephant, buried it following the departmental policy rules.

Deforestation of the Assam-Meghalaya border has led to the migration of wild elephants to the area in search of food.
It is important to note that wild elephants are often found on the farm roads of the area. So, farmers become helpless to save their crops.

As a result, the human-elephant conflict is now on the rise. If the forest department or the government does not take special measures, the elephant-human conflict is sure to escalate day by day.  

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