Jamshedpur, Aug 3: Wild elephants destroyed paddy fields at Chhatna under Kowali Panchayat of Kowali police station area. They caused extensive damage to the paddy fields belonging to 12 farmers. After receiving the information, Potka MLA Sanjeev Sardar visited all the three villages and spoke to the officials of the forest department. He demanded that the elephants be sent to the dense forest immediately and compensate the farmers according to the damage caused.
The farmers whose elephants have destroyed the crop include Vijay Murmu of Pahadpur, Fudan Murmu, Lakhipriya Sardar, Narasimha Murmu, Ramchandra Hansda of Ledokocha, Rupai Hansda, Dasho Tudu, Birendra Mahato, Shashadhar Mahato and Subal Mahto of Chhatna. On the spot, the farmers said that 8 numbers of wild elephants have been roaming around the village for the past several days, which are continuously damaging their crops. There is an atmosphere of panic among the villagers.
MLA Sanjeev Sardar, after talking to the Forest Officer of the Forest Department, Alakh Ranjan Tiwari, directed the elephants to protect the farmers and villagers in their dense forests and assess the compensation of the farmers without any delay. He appealed to the villagers to exercise caution.