Bhubaneswar, Oct 2 (LocalWire): The forest department is planning to translocate a rogue tusker that has unleashed a chain of terror by ravaging crop and claiming a human life for the past 24 hours in a forest-side village of Angul district.
The male elephant has trampled to death 70-year-old Hrushikesh Nayak in Baramancha village under Chendipada block of the district last evening.
The adult tusker is also not showing any signs of leaving the area.
It marches into the jungle at day time only to sneak into the human habitations at sunset.
‘The tusker has been trumpeting and growling which is an ominous sign of violent behavioural instinct.
If the tusker does not leave the village in a day or two, steps will be initiated to tranquilize it with sedatives and translocated to a different place,’ said forest officials of Angul forest division.
‘The tusker is witty and sharp. It is a fast mover and is disappearing into forested areas to reappear again at another spot,’ they said.
‘People living in the village are in panic. The tusker has made life miserable for local residents.
The animal was first sighted wandering around the fringe of the village on Monday.
Since then, it has wrought havoc in the area ravaging the croplands.
Yesterday, it sneaked into the village to kill a septuagenarian,’ said forest officials.
Residents are maintaining night vigil as they are scared that the animal may emerge from nowhere to kill humans and ravage their property, they added.
The forest department is sensitive towards people’s plight.
A service group of 30 skilled personnel having expertise and experience in tracking elephants are on a round-the-clock job to disperse the unruly elephant, said forest officials.