GUWAHATI: Amidst the Magh Bihu festivities, violence broke out in Assam’s Biswanath district on Thursday when an irate mob torched a forest range office following the death of a local in an attack by wild buffalo.
An offiical vehicle was also damaged in the fire.
The forest office falls under the jurisdiction of the world fame Kaziranga National Park area. The site is adjacent to the Park’s Sixth Addition.
The Park officials said, “One Jayanta Das of Muttackgaon area was seriously injured in an attack by wild buffalo. Though was rushed to a hospital, he succumbed to his injuries. Later, locals turned furious and torched the office in anger alleging negligence of the forest department.”
Locals in the village claimed that the wild buffalo had swum across the river and reached the Biswanath Ghat, Later it started to charge people, “Immediately the forest department was alerted. But with no action taken, one innocent person had to die,” locals alleged.
Kaziranga Park officials said that the location of the incident is adjoining to the Park and animals and humans come into confrontation sometimes. Last year too, one person died in an attack by a rhino in the same area.