Elephants act bulldozers to demolish illegal forest homes

Indian police are using elephants to help them demolish illegal forest dwellings built in a wildlife sanctuary.

This week, police on elephants evicted hundreds of people from the protected forest area in the country's remote northeast.

The unauthorized settlements had been built in the elephants' natural habitat, and as a result the residents were forcing the pachyderms to leave in search of food.

Reclaiming its land: A policeman guides his elephant to demolish huts which forest officials claimed were illegally built at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati, India

Reclaiming its land: A policeman guides his elephant to demolish huts which forest officials claimed were illegally built at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Guwahati, India

Demolisher: An elephant is used to demolish a house during an eviction drive inside Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Gauhati, Assam, India

Demolisher: An elephant is used to demolish a house during an eviction drive inside Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Gauhati, Assam, India

Big move: Indian police on Monday took the unusual step of using elephants in an attempt to evict hundreds of people living illegally in the protected forest area in the country's remote northeast

Big move: Indian police on Monday took the unusual step of using elephants in an attempt to evict hundreds of people living illegally in the protected forest area in the country's remote northeast

Authorities are planning to demolish about 1,000 bamboo and tin huts, and work started on Monday.

Police used bulldozers and the elephants in a show of force, and the forest dwellers responded by hurling rocks.

Police commissioner Hiren Nath said five protesters were injured in a scuffle after police used tear gas in the Amchang forest area in Assam state. 

It is not known what will happen to the residents or if the government will provide any aid or new

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