Shocking photos show Indian villagers hurling firebombs at elephants

Shocking photos show Indian villagers hurling firebombs at elephants
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Villagers in India are resorting to extreme measures in order to protect their crops from elephants.

The photographs show villagers from Bishnupur, India hurling firebombs at a mother elephant and her baby to try and stop the animals getting near their crops.

The photographer, Biplap Hazra, told Caters News that situations like this are common, and that he wishes to raise awareness about them.

"This happens because the villagers have to save their crops. There are many elephant corridors in human habitations. I try to show and spread my photos to increase public awareness on the matter".

Pic by Biplab Hazra/Caters News - (Pictured: Elephants are chased away by locals using firebombs.) -  These heartbreaking photos show a confused family of elephants attempting to navigate a railway line built straight through their habitat.Taken by Biplab Hazra in Bishnupur, India, the images show the extreme lengths the inhabitants of the town go to to deter elephants from damaging their crops and property.As the images show, villagers often resort to extreme tactics in an effort to drive the elephants out  with one shocking photograph revealing firebombs being launched at a mother and calf as they cross the road.Elephants encroaching out of their habitats is an increasingly common occurrence with deforestation in much of India. SEE CATERS COPY
Photo credit: Biplap Hazra/Caters

Deforestation in India is causing elephants to stray closer to humans, as their habitats grow smaller, reports Caters News. 

Another photo shows the confused mother and baby attempting to cross a railway line that cuts directly through their home.

Villagers will throw firebombs, rocks and sticks at elephants that get too close to their crops.

Mr Hazra previously won the 2017 Sanctuary's Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, for a photograph of an elephant and her calf running from a mob throwing tar soaked balls of flame.

The image is titled "Hell is here".



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