DHENKANAL: A younger grownup elephant walked right into a kendu plantation, rigged with reside electrical energy wire, solely to finish up getting electrocuted in Dhenkanal in what has changed into a tragic sample of jumbo deaths within the State.
The incident was reported early on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The carcass of the eight-year-old feminine elephant was discovered on non-public land in Kantamila village beneath the Hindol vary. The jumbo died after coming in touch with a reside wire laid by poachers to kill wild boars.
A staff of officers led by the assistant conservator of forests (ACF) Rasmi Ranjan Swain reached the spot and performed the investigation. After inquiry, forest officers arrested Ranjeet Nahak and Jeetu Sahu whereas two others Anjan Pradhan and Gayadhara Sahu are beneath interrogation. Six individuals have been apparently concerned, Divisional forest officer (DFO) Prakash Chand Gogineni stated.
Ranjeet and different villagers had laid the wire and hooked it to an 11 kV energy line to poach boars. The reside wire was laid for round three km on the non-public land. The accused have been engaged in poaching up to now utilizing comparable strategies.
“A herd of elephants had strayed into the realm from Angul on Friday night time. One of many elephants was electrocuted. The file of the non-public land on which the elephant carcass was discovered has been recovered. Some others are absconding,” the DFO knowledgeable.
Sources stated kendu timber have been grown on the land the place the incident came about. Two forest groups together with a sniffer canine have been pressed into service to gather proof from the spot. The DFO, who was current through the postmortem of the carcass, has requested forest personnel to accentuate the manhunt to nab the remaining accused.
On June 6, a 15-year-old tusker was electrocuted close to photo voltaic fencing within the mango orchard of 1 Biswajit Arjend Kumar Jena, a lawyer, in Govindprasad village beneath Odapada block. Although Jena was arrested, he was later launched on bail. After investigation, it was discovered that the tusker had are available contact with an LT line and died. Additional, the photo voltaic fencing was overcharged to twenty kV as an alternative of the desired 9 kV. The DFO had stated that it was a deliberate try and kill the tusker.
Forest officers additionally discovered that half of the mango orchard land was encroached by Jena. Although the Forest division had sought the land schedule from Odapada tehsil workplace, sources stated it’s but to obtain the identical. Odapada tehsildar Bani Nivedita Swain stated the land schedule report was despatched to the Forest division on Friday. She additional confirmed that Jena had encroached on the forest land however refused to disclose any particulars. Nevertheless, DFO Gogineni stated the Forest division is but to obtain the land schedule from the tehsil workplace.