Jagatsinghpur: The mystery surrounding the deaths of sheep in Odisha continues with the death of 12 more sheep being reported from Raipatna village under Alipingal panchayat in the district on Wednesday.
The sheep carcass were found at the cattle shed of villager Pratap Das this morning along with three more sheep being critically injured in the attack.
Das, who had taken loan from a bank and bought a total of 40 sheep, is now in a state of despair as this is the second time that his flock of sheep has been killed. Earlier in the month, 12 more sheep were killed from his cattle shed.
Around 20 days ago, the mysterious animal had killed 12 sheep of mine and again, late last night, killed 12 more
Meanwhile, the villagers have threatened to launch agitation if the government does not take immediate step to help them.
“Killing of sheep continues in our village. We are living in a state of fear but the administration is not paying heed to our problems. We will resort to demonstration if nothing is done to save our livelihood,” said another villager Bijoy Das.
The Chief District Veterinary Officer will come with a decision on the deaths of the sheep after post-mortem following which we will inform the district collector and as per the direction of the government, compensation will be paid to the sheep owners
– Jagatsinghpur Tehsildar Padma Charan Sahu
Worth mentioning, the killing of sheep that started from Niali in Cuttack district and later spread to several parts across the State continues unabated. Even though a special team from Similipal National Park, equipped with tranquiliser guns and drone cameras, and a team of Nandankanan Zoo officials were deployed at Niali to trap the predator, the killer is still at large.