One more elephant dies of electrocution in Odisha; toll up to 3 this week

Angul: Just two days after two elephants died of electrocution in Keonjhar district, one more elephant fell prey to live wires allegedly laid by poachers at Satkosia wildlife sanctuary in Angul district.

The locals found a tusker dead at Jagannathpur village in Pampasar wildlife range of the sanctuary here in the morning.

On receiving information, Satkosia DFO Saroj Panda and ACF Subhendu Behera reached the site and initiated probe.

The preliminary investigation suggested that the middle-aged tusker died after coming in contact with live wires allegedly laid by poachers to kill wild animals in the forest.

As the incident took place around 500 meter away from Jagannathpur beat house of the sanctuary, the role of forest officials behind elephant electrocution death could not be ruled out, sources said.

With this, the number of elephant deaths due to electrocution rose to 3 just in 3 days in Odisha.

On August 25, two female elephants were electrocuted on the premises of Krishi Vigyan Kendra under Sadar Forest Range in Keonjhar district.

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