Guwahati: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday ordered for a probe into the unprecedented deaths of at least 18 wild elephants in Bamuni hills in Nagaon District and further directed the state forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya to rush to the spot and take stock of the situation.
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.
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 earlier.
Meanwhile, in a press statement, Forest Minister Suklabaidya said he would visit the site with PCCF (wildlife) and other officials on Friday morning to take stock of the situation.
Suklabaidya said a team of forest and veterinary officials had already visited the site.