Guwahati: Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of at least 18 wild jumbos at the Bamuni hills of Barhampur under Nagaon district on Thursday.
A Kothiatoli forest range team informed that carcasses of elephants have been spotted at the Bamuni hills of Barhampur under Nagaon district after being reported about their suspected deaths by the locals from a nearby village.
As per the preliminary investigation, the forest teams are suspecting that the jumbos were killed in lightning strikes, as it had rained heavily the night before in the region.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that the forest department faced severe difficulties while spotting the jumbos due to dense forest cover and inaccessible site conditions.
The number of death cases may increase, claimed forest officials.
The first carcass of an elephant was recovered in the afternoon hours, shockingly, the numbers increased from 1 to 22 within a span of just one hour, informed sources.
Further investigations are on.
Inputs: Batssam Haque (Samuguri)
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