25th July 2020– Three wild elephants strayed into Siliguri town from nearby Baikunthapur Forest in the wee hours of 23rd July reminded the residents when a jumbo went on a rampage in the town in broad daylight more than four years ago.
The trio crushed the bamboo barricades that marked COVID containment zones, dislodged the wall of a house before forest officials managed to push them back to the forest.
The jumbos went on a stroll in areas like Hakimpara, Sukanta Pally, Eastern Bypass and Baneswar More. Two of them were tusker and the third one was sub-adult.
It is learnt the trio was first spotted at Kholachand Fafri around 10:30 pm but were driven back by forest officials. Later, around 1:30 am they again stepped out of the Farbari Forest. The trio took a round of the town for 5-6 hours. No major damage was reported. Finally, they were chased back to the forest around 4:00 am.