Balasore: A herd of 90 elephants from neighbouring Jharkhand today sneaked into Nilagiri area of Balasore creating panic among tribal populace of the area by destroying acres of paddy crops. Locals spent sleepless night yesterday fearing that the animals could destroy their huts.
The jumbos of various sizes entered Gopalpur village from Dalaki forest under Betonati forest range in Mayurbhanj. Meanwhile forest department officials rushed to the spot and swung into action to drive the pachyderms away from the human habitation.
Sources said the jumbo herd trampled harvested paddy crops in the village on their way. The herd is roaming around the area since last night. Heavy crowd was witnessed in the village to see the massive herd of elephants. The size of the herd is so massive, the villagers are getting scared to cooperate with forest officials to chase them, a local resident said.
Measures are being taken to track the animals round the clock and keep them away from attacking locals, an official said.