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Fear of elephant attacks in Jalpaiguri

Kamatapara Primary School is left with just nine students, and not all of them attend the classes on a regular basis.

The elephant menace has created panic among people forcing parents not to send their children to a school in a village in Jalpaiguri town. The government-run Kamatapara Primary School, which once was bustling with students, has been left with just nine students, and even not all of them attend the classes on a regular basis. Established in 2004, the school today has only one teacher as others have fled Kamatapara village. School Teacher Muktalal Majumber says the situation took a turn for worse when a girl student was trampled by an elephant in 2009. He said that most of the residents started leaving the village as attacks by elephants became more frequent. Majumder blames the forest department for not doing enough to ensure security of the villagers who are reluctant to send their children to school.

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Printable version | Feb 21, 2020 6:33:44 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/videos/news-videos/article7360693.ece

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