Somatirtha Purohit

Nearly one and a half months after a tusker succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in Narasinghapur forest range in Cuttack district, another elephant allegedly shot at by poachers was found in the forest on Tuesday.

As per reports, the jumbo with a bullet wound near its ear was found in Nuagarh forest of Narasinghapur forest range under Athagarh forest division.

Locals spotted the injured pachyderm and informed forest officials.

The forest officials rushed to the spot and started process to tranquilise the elephant for treatment.

On June 14, a tusker was found with gunshot injuries near a rivulet in Narasinghapur forest range under Athagarh forest division in Cuttack district.

The pachyderm succumbed to injuries after battling for eight days despite the efforts by expert doctors belonging to Satakosia Tiger Reserve, Nandankanan Zoological Park and Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology. 

Similarly, on June 2 and 3, a team of the special task force had stumbled upon two skeletal remains of a male and female elephant in the Athagarh forest division.