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Two elephants die of electrocution in Assam’s Baksa

By PTI

GUWAHATI: Two elephants died after coming in contact with an illegally erected electric fence in Baksa district of Assam’s Bhutan border, a forest official said on Saturday, August 21, 2021.

The incident took place on Friday in Koroibari area near Batabari forest range, he said.

He said the elephants, both adult females, came down from the hills of Bhutan in search of food.

A man named Reshaan Daimary, who installed electric fencing to protect his crops, surrendered to the police.

The officer said that the incident is being investigated.

“Damary will be taken into custody and booked under the Wildlife Protection Act,” he said.

This is the third incident of electrocution of elephants this year in the midst of escalating human-elephant conflict along illegal electric fencing, in which 13 jumbos have lost their lives so far, the official said.

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