Watch: Elephant goes on rampage in West Bengal's Siliguri, destroys 100 homes

Jalpaiguri (West Bengal): A rampaging elephant on Wednesday strayed from Baikunthapur forest area and entered Siliguri town damaging buildings there, police said.

The elephant was first spotted at Dabgram, Fulbari areas within ward numbers 30 and 40 of Siliguri town which falls within the limits of Jalpaiguri district.

As panic-stricken locals ran helter-skelter for shelter, forest personnel rushed to the area to drive the elephant away. Tranquiliser shots were fired at the jumbo but it was not too helpful, police officials confirmed to PTI. Locals were told not to panic as police tried to control the mob.

The elephant damaged as many as 100 homes, their walls and pillars. Baikunthapur Forest Ranger Sanjoy Dutta said five to six buildings were damaged by the jumbo. The elephant is now at Ashigarh, another densely populated area of the town.

Presence of curious onlookers have led to traffic snarls which are giving a trying time to forest and police personnel who are waiting to see whether the elephant is showing symptoms of being tranquilised. Watch the video of the elephant here:

PTI


Published Date: Feb 10, 2016 07:47 pm | Updated Date: Feb 10, 2016 07:47 pm