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Ramakanta Biswas

A male kumki elephant, 'Nanda' of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) passed away in Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on Monday.

As per sources, Nanda, who had been ill for the past couple of days, passed away in the early hours of today. The reason of his death has not been ascertained yet. The post-mortem will be conducted today. 

Nanda was born to elephant 'Basanti' at Nandankanan zoo. On November 28, 1997, Nanda had killed a mahout Radha Raman Singh. 

In 2010, Nanda was shifted to Godibadi of Chandaka from Nandankanan to control the menace of stray elephants.

Meanwhile, the postmortem report revealed that Nanda died of septicemia.

"Kumki elephant Nanda died of septicemia. Besides, he has bacterial infection," informed OUAT Veterinary college dean Susen Panda.

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