Locals panic after bear strays into village in Nilagiri

Nilagiri: Panic gripped Khairabani village in Nilagiri of Balasore district as a bear strayed into human habitation today.

The bear had entered the village from a nearby forest last night and was stuck unable to find its way back to the forest, sources said.

However, the bear was caught later by Forest personnel after a rescue operation spanning hours.

Nilagiri Ranger, Debendra Nath Patra stated that a rescue team from Similipal was sent to the village to capture the bear.