Jumbo death: Action against five erring staffs

Dhenkanal: The Forest department on Monday placed two staffs under suspension and lodged FIR against three Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU)staffs on the charge of dereliction of duty which resulted in the death of a female elephant and a baby elephant who were elecrocuted after coming in contact with a 11 KV high tension wire at at Gunadei canal road under Sadar range in the district on Sunday night.

This was informed by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Dhenkanal, Pradip Kumar Sahu.

“The three CESU staffs against whom the FIR has been lodged include an executive engineer, an assistant engineer and a lineman. Besides, the two suspended Forest include a forester and a forest guard,” he added.

The incident occurred when a herd of jumbos was crossing the canal road on Sunday night and two of the herd came in contact with the live wire.

The carcasses were found lying near the canal, around 100 metre away from NH 55, in the morning and have been seized, Dhenkanal DFO said, adding that the carcasses, found lying near the canal, around 100 metre away from NH 55, in the morning, and have been seized.

Age of the calf is around six months while its mother is 15-years old, the forest officials said.
Sahu said the wild elephants have diverted their direction as the construction work of Rengali canal is in progress.

Stating that the 33 KV wire is in low hanging position in the area, the DFO said though the Forest department has apprised the CESU officials about the wire position, the latter is yet to act on it.