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Tusker victims rendered homeless

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RAJBIRAJ: Villagers of Bhardaha VDC, Saptari, were rendered homeless in wild elephants’ attack three days ago.

A herd of wild elephants from the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve had destroyed huts of Haleshwor Paikara, Dev Nath Yadav, Kapaleshwor Yadav, Singheshwor Yadav, Shambhu Nath Yadav, Devendra Yadav and Pawan Khatwe, along with others. Paniya Devi, 85, was injured in the attack.

Local Raghu Paikara said they had nothing left to eat as the tuskers had destroyed the food stored by them. He said, “We are compelled to spend nights out in the open, despite rainfall.”

Victims complained that they have been ignored by the concerned authorities. They said they were yet to receive any kind of assistance or relief. According to them, when they approached the Bhardaha-based Police Post just after the incident, they were asked to come later.

One of the victims, Haleshwor said the villagers have been spending sleepless nights in the fear of wild tuskers’ rampage. He said they have not got any support from the concerned authorities for the treatment of injured Panaiya Devi.

Local widow Saraswati Devi said, “I do not have anyone in the family to support me and the fear of wild elephants’ attack has made it more difficult to live in the village.” She bemoaned that she has nothing to eat as everything was destroyed.

Similarly, another victim, Nanda Lal Mandal said sacks of rice, which he had kept to sell and repay the loan of Rs 45,000, taken to buy buffalo, were eaten by a herd of tuskers.

Victims said they were beaten up by police when they had staged a chakkajam demanding security against the wild elephants’ attack.

Meanwhile, Inspector Rajendra Basnet of the Area Police Office, said a team of Nepali Army personnel has been deployed in the affected area to provide security to the victims.

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