Forest Dept Tranquilises Wild Elephant At Talcher

Talcher: A 3-member tranquilising team of the Odisha Forest Department tranquilised a wild male tusker at Khulua village in Talcher district last night.

The officials have also cut-off the tusks of the wild elephant as a precautionary measure after it killed 5 persons, including a woman and two minor girls on April 18.

Munda Singh (40), his 25-year-old sister and two minor daughters were trampled to death by the tusker in Sandha village within Talcher municipality. The elephant also killed 70-year-old Bhamarabar Samal of Santhapada village. The victims were sleeping on the verandas along with their houses when the tusker crushed them to death.

The same tusker had killed another man in Talcher on March 2.

“We found the tusker in the forest near Talcher on April 19 and informed the district forest officials to tranquilise the animal. The forest department will provide Rs 4 lakh in compensation to the families of those killed after due inquiry,” Trilochana Behera, Talcher forest range officer, said.

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