TT, Jalpaiguri, July 19: A herd of elephants that had strayed out of Gorumara National Park damaged a primary school building, an anganwadi centre and around 20 labour quarters in Baradighi Tea Estate in Metelli block of Jalpaiguri district early this morning.
Local people said the herd included a tusker and five other elephants.
Baradighi garden is 30km from here.
“Elephants have been raiding schools and villages close to the forest for the past few weeks,” a forester said.
“There were instances of elephants eating up rice kept at watchtowers by the school authorities. The students have to be given midday meals but the elephants are damaging the school kitchens and eating up rice meant for them,” he added.
A couple of weeks ago, elephants had damaged Bichabhanga Primary School in Metelli block on the fringes of Gorumara forest.