Pradeep Pattanayak

The people living in the Bolani S section, Kiriburu hilltop under Barbil range of Keonjhar are spending sleepless nights as elephants have unleashed a reign of terror in the locality over the last few days. 

On Wednesday night, a tusker strayed into Dalmia hatting and caused massive destruction. It pulled down four houses and devoured rice stored there. It further went on a rampage, destroying the crops under its feet. 

On being informed, a team from the Forest Department reached the spot and launched an operation to drive away the elephant. Later they succeeded in their attempt. 

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Meanwhile, the Forest Department has alerted the villagers about a herd of eight elephants camping in the areas bordering Jharkhand. The Forest Department is creating awareness among the villagers through a public address system on how to protect their life, property, and crops. 

Incidents of man-elephant conflicts are being reported every now and then. Earlier on February 10, an elderly man, identified as Chaitanya Bhoi, 75, was trampled to death by a rampaging wild elephant at Khaerpada village under Sambalpur Sadar Forest Range.

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