Six elephants electrocuted in Garo Hills

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Shillong, Oct 22 (UNI) Six elephants were electrocuted after stumbling on an electric pole at Chondon Nokat village, bordering Meghalaya- Assam, forest officials today said.

The incident occurred on October 19 night in Chondon Nokat village in West Garo Hills district when a herd of pachyderms ran amok in search of food, forest wildlife chief conservator Sunil Kumar told UNI here.

Mr Kumar said the herd included two adult females and as many male calves.

Earlier, the Meghalaya government had planned for rerouting or diversions of electric pole for free movement of wild elephants in Garo Hills.

The Garo Hills have often been in news for human-elephant conflict.

The Meghalaya government decided last year to create elephant reserves in the Khasi Hills and a new management habitat protection plan was chalked out for the Garo Hills.

The Garo Hills form one of the main elephant sanctuaries of the state and have a total population of nearly 1,828 pachyderms as per the 2002 elephant census.

UNI

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