NEW DELHI: A rampaging elephant on Tuesday strayed from Baikunthapur forest area and entered Siliguri town damaging buildings there, Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday.

The elephant was first spotted at Dabgram, Fulbari areas within ward numbers 30 and 40 of Siliguri town which falls within the limits of Jalpaiguri district. Panic-stricken people started running helter skelter and Forest personnel rushed to the spot to drive away the pachyderm to the forest.

Policemen tried to control the mob and asked the people not to panic. They fired tranquiliser shots at the jumbo, the effects of which were yet to begin, the forest personnel said. Meanwhile, it went berserk and turned its wrath on the houses damaging walls and pillars.