Odisha: Forest personnel launch operation to drive away ‘killer’ tusker

Pipili: A joint team of Forest personnel and police has launched an operation to drive back a tusker after it trampled four persons to death and injured five others in Pipili area of Puri district today. As many as 30 Forest personnel and local police joined the operation to chase away the tusker.

To stop further mishap, the administration has shut the Pipili bazaar. As a precautionary measure, power supply was snapped to 17 villages under Balipatana forest range. The Forest department also asked villagers to remain indoors.

Earlier in the day, the tusker strayed into human habitations and killed Makar Palei of Chandradeipur panchayat, Jugal Kishore Bhatt of Balanga, Chaitanya Sahu of Rajatei village and Ajay Kumar Naik of Jamalpur village.

As per the latest reports, another critically injured Sk Ajub of Hasanpur area was shifted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar after his condition deteriorated.

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