PASIGHAT, June 29: A herd of wild elephant has created terror on National Highway-15 near Leku forest beat office of Poba Reserve Forest (RF) on Friday morning leading to many vehicles stranded along the road.
The herd having at least eight jumbos roaming in the reserved forest blocked the highway for more than two hours and created panic among the cab drivers as well as the passengers. The wild elephants also entered the Leku beat office (Assam) aside the highway, damaged office windows and eaten down rice and salt stocks of the forest staff.
The highway is passing along Assam-Arunachal boundary is bifurcating Poba reserved forest into Assam and Arunachal portions.
According to foresters, there is an elephant corridor linking Pora RF, Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal and Dibru Saikhuwa National Park in Assam across Siang river and the herd of pachyderm frequently roam to and fro inside the Poba RF. Terming it as natural phenomenon, the foresters said that the animals suffer food crisis and create disturbance in search of food time to time.
It needs to mention that wild tuskers roaming in Poba RF enter in the paddy fields at the fringe villages at state boundary area every year and incurs huge loss to the farmers by eating and trampling their standing crops.