A heard of wild elephants unleashed a reign of terror in Guwahati where a person died in attack on Saturday.
The incident took place in Panjabari area where a heard of around 20 elephants came down from the nearby hills striking panic button among the people of a weekly market in Batahghuli where one person was trampled to death.
A team of forest guards arrived in the spot which took three hours to drive out the elephants from the human habitat till midnight.
Local residents' in Panjabari have blamed it all on the department for the deepening menace. “We informed the forest department at 2 in the afternoon. But the guards took two hours to reach the spot. Had they arrived in time, the tragic incident would not have taken place,” said Sachin Saikia who managed to escape from the wild elephants as they were in the market.
“This is not for the first time wild elephants came down from the hills in search of food. Last week, we came to see three wild elephants trying to break a wall early in the morning. But they left as they came to hear the huge commotion,” said a housewife in Panjabari.
A forum comprising all the electronic media persons of Guwahati was formed at the Guwahati Press Club on Sunday (10.10.10). Formed with an aim to protect the rights of media persons and encourage the spirit of Journalism, the forum has been christened ‘Electronic Media Forum Asom’. A working committee was formed in the meeting with three members each from every news channel based in Guwahati and three from national electronic media with Bimal Ghosh (RD), Pranjit Saikia and Nava Thakuria as co-ordinators. A resolution has been taken in the meeting to launch an annual award recognising outstanding stories. Entries for the first EMFA Award have to be stories that have been telecast or will be aired within January1 - December 31, 2010. Three categories of awards have been decided upon which include:
1) Best Story of the Year 2) Best Story on Environment Issues 3) Best Story on Development Issues.
It has been decided that both the reporter as well as the cameraperson of the award winning story will be felicitated in a function to be held in the 1st week of the New Year. The forum will also hold regular workshops, interactive sessions and training programmes for the benefit of the media persons of the region.
20 Nov 2008 - 9:12pm | editor
A day after the alleged stage-managed arrest of ULFA top gun Ram Singh, an ULFA militant was killed in an encounter with police on Thursday in lower Assam's Kamrup district. According to information, the decased has yet to be identified, exchanged fire with the police at Maujuli village. However, none from the security forces were injured in the encounter. A M-20 pistol and an Australian grenade were recovered from the slain ultra. The body has been sent for post-mortem.