Kendrapara, Sept 10 (LocalWire): A couple sustained serious injuries when a wild boar attacked them in the wee hours of Thursday in the mangrove-covered village of Barakandha near the Bhitarkanika National Park.
Following the incident, some villagers killed the wild boar and distributed its meat amongst themselves.
“Santosh Swain and his wife Mamata Swain were attacked by the wild boar while they were going to their paddy fields.
They are now undergoing treatment in the community health center in Mahakalapada.
The forest department is bearing the medical expenditure of all the injured persons.
All the injured persons will also get proper compensation from the forest department.
However, some villagers killed the animal and took away its meat. We seized 20 kilograms of meat after raiding the village and filed a case against them under the provisions of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
All the accused persons managed to flee from the village. We are raiding their hideouts to nab them,” said Sahaji Charana Biswal, the forest range officer of Mahakalapada forest block within Bhitarkanika.
Tension mounted in Barakandha village and its nearby areas as villagers protested against the growing number of cases of animal attacks.
“Nearly 300 wild boars stray around the vegetable and paddy fields day and night. Villagers rarely retaliate against rampaging animals as they know it to be an offense under the law,” said Ranjan Mandal, a villager of Barakandha.
“The animals cause huge damage as they dig the ground for grubs, tubers, roots and other things to eat,” said Sangram Das, another villager.
“Wild boars frequently damage fences put up the people to prevent the entry of animals and are tempted into the fields by the growing paddy and vegetables,” said Sudhansu Parida, an environmentalist and the secretary of the district unit of People for Animals.