Bangladeshi elephants, too, not welcome in India’s Assam!

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Over 300 meters of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Karimganj district side were reportedly opened for elephant movement as these areas are known as elephant corridor.India is now planning to restrict the movement of Bangladeshi elephants along the bordering areas, reports India Blooms News Service.

The plan, which is termed ‘innovative’, follows strict vigil to check infiltrators along the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The report quoting Assam’s Karimganj administration said a group of wild jumbos of Bangladesh have been wreaking havoc at various areas in the bordering district.

The plan, according to the report, is to plant lemon trees and ‘bhut jolokia’ (ghost chilli) in the elephant corridor of the bordering areas.

Over 300 meters of the Indo-Bangladesh border in Karimganj district side were reportedly opened for elephant movement as these areas are known as elephant corridor.

The India Blooms report claimed that the wild jumbos had killed several people and destroyed paddy fields, tea gardens and also border fencing.

A team of Karimganj district administration on Sunday visited the bordering areas and took stock the situation. Team leader and deputy commission Pradip Kumar Talukdar was quoted to have said that elephant movement along the bordering areas continued since long period.

“We are planning to restrict their movement in Bangladesh by planting lemon and bhut jolokia trees along the bordering areas,” the Indian official reportedly added.

This initiative is being taken at a time when alleged infiltration from Bangladesh to India’s Assam state has been a political issue in the northeastern Indian state. Dhaka has always denied illegal migration of Bangladeshis to India.

At least 4 million Indians, many of them Muslims, were recently excluded from the draft list of citizens in Assam - a step that sparked off controversies in India and elsewhere.

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