As per preliminary post-mortem report, the tusker died due to cardiogenic shock after remaining stuck in water for a long time, said Sushen Panda, head of OUAT Pathology department.
Analysis shows Mahanadi has been a habitual jumbo trapper during the months of Sept-Oct as the Athagarh-Chandaka elephant corridor passes through the river. Two instances in 2018 - in Kerala and Odisha - nail the failure
While the deaths of OTV’s chief reporter Arindam Das and ODRAF jawan Sitaram Murmu in the mishap raised a series of uneasy questions, locals in Athagarh as well as wildlife experts blamed the Forest department for the tragedy
Sitaram Murmu’s body was recovered near Kakhadi in Athagarh area, 24 hours after the ODRAF boat capsized during an operation launched to rescue a stranded elephant at Mundali barrage.