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Wild elephants prowl in Talcher villages

By Jagadananda Pradhan

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TALCHER:
A herd of 40 elephants have sneaked into four to five villages,about 2 to 3 kms from Talcher, situated on the bank of river Brahmani for last one week triggering panic among people.

The herd prowled through village Kankili, Hariharpur and Kakudi area giving forest officials and people sleepless nights. The elephant herd has come from Mahabirod Range of Dhenkanal district crossing Brahmani river.

In the past three years, they normally come this side of Brahmani and left after leave after two or three days to their home destination. But this year they are camping in the village Kankili and its adjoining areas for more than a week without leaving despite concerted efforts by the forest department and villagers.

Due to the presence of the herd, there is a deep sense of fear among the villagers who are remaining indoors after the sunset due to the presence of the elephants.

 

 Villagers said ,the marauding elephants, are entering villages after dark and laying waste to agricultural land and stocked food grains. "We are virtually spending sleepless nights. People fear to venture out in the night, fearing elephant attacks," said Manoranjan Samal of Kankili area.

The villagers also complained of forest officials' inability. "Though the forest officials have been camping in the area, they couldn’t be able to chase the elephants from the region.

Samal said, “The elephants have destroyed paddy and vegetable crops also. We do not venture out of the house. We prefer to stay indoor most of the time due to the presence of the herd”.

Talcher Ranger Sukanti Dei said, "Forest staff have kept vigil 24 hours of the herd  and special teams are trying to drive away the elephants to their native place Mahabiroad in Dhenkanal district. But we have not been successful yet to chase them. These elephants have come from Dhenkanal district by crossing the river Brahmani. Unlike other years they don’t leave this place this year”.

" We are also making people aware not to bother the animals. If villagers tease the jumbos then they will be attacked," said the Ranger.

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