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Dilip Kumar

Balasore/ Dhenkanal: Two persons including a woman were injured critically in attack by wild animals in separate incidents in Balasore and Dhenkanal district on Wednesday.

In the first incident, a youth identified as Ramesh Mallik sustained critical injuries after two sloth bears mauled him last night at Juriapatana village near Nilagiri in Balasore district.

Fellow villagers rescued him from clutches of the animals and immediate rushed him to Nilagiri Community Health Centre (CHC) in a ‘108’ ambulance.

Locals said three bears had sneaked into the human settlement a few days ago triggering panic among the residents. Villagers had spotted the animals in the backyard of Handibandhu Dalei in the village. 

The animals had been giving sleepless nights to the local residents who tried to drive them away with the help of forest personnel.

Sources said massive deforestation has forced the animals to sneak into human settlements in search of food.

In a separate incident, a woman was critically injured after a wild elephant trampled her in Muktapasi area under Kamakhyanagar forest range in Dhenkanal district. 

Renu Sethy faced the jumbo attack while she was collecting mangoes from her orchard.

Locals rescued and shifted her to Kamakhyanagar sub-divisional hospital. She is currently undergoing treatment at the medical. Her condition is stated to be critical, reports said.

According sources, Muktapasi area is an elephant-movement prone region where animals continue to wreck havoc on the agriculture and human lives. 

People especially farming community bear the brunt of the pachyderms round the year.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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