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A herd of 28 elephants have wreaked havoc in Rairakhol in Sambalpur district since last 10 days. The animals have entered Kholgarh, Henteri, Badhindol, Charmal, Dhanrakhaman, Laiza, Taal and Luhapank villages and destroyed paddy and houses.
Forest department sources said at least two houses have been completely damaged by the elephants in Taal and Luhapank villages because the pachyderms entered the house in search of food. “We are spending sleepless nights because we never know when the elephants would come and destroy our houses” said Dasrathi Pradhan, a resident of Taal.
“We have tried different methods to drive the heard away but it is a difficult task because they come during the night,” he said, adding the damages are more because the animals move in the crop fields.
Forest staffs are also finding it difficult to drive the animals away. “They are migratory animals and keep moving from one place to another. Our squads track their movement and alert people about them,” said forest ranger (Rairkhol) Pradeep Kumar Sethi.
He said the elephants come to Rairkhol division in search of food as they do not get enough inside the jungle. “One elephant needs at least one and half quintals of food every day,” he said.
A dalit family of Tantagarh village, under Rairakhol subdivision of Sambalpur, has been allegedly driven away by upper caste people.
The victim, Kandarpa Sethi said, his wife and three children were attacked by the upper caste people at their home on 7th of August under Rairakhol police station area . Since then, they are spending their days under the open sky. On Friday, Sethi met the Sambalpur collector and lodged a complaint.
“Since I constructed a house on a government plot, some upper caste people of the village asked me to vacate the land. But when I refused, they forcefully drove me out of my village and destroyed my house. I registered a case with local police, but no action was taken,” Sethi said on Friday. He added that the same group of people also threatened to kill every one of his family if they returned to the village in future.
Sambalpur collector Balawant Singh said, “I have asked the Tahasildar to do a spot inquiry. I will initiate action against the accused once I get the report. We will support the family as per government guidelines. Police have been directed to provide security to the family.”
Rairakhol police have registered a case against eight villagers, namely Judhistir Swain, Chintamani Sahu, Balaram Sahu, Ramesh Pradhan, Arjun Pradhan, Murali Hota, Krushna Hota and Govind Hota based on Sethi’s complaint. “All the accused are absconding,” SDPO (Rairakhol) A Routray said.
Another road mishap occurred, as the Bolero(OR 02BA 0963) hit the road side tree somewhere in Redhakhol – Naktideul road near chahatapada in sambalpur district. Three person were killed in this mishap and the driver ( named as Dhiren Sahu) was under treatment at VSS Medical College Hospital at Burla. They were all teachers of some institution.
This mishap happened when Minakshi Sahu and her father Ramakanta Sahu, Ramakanta’s brother Rajanikanta Sahu, and Sridhar Majhi were returning to home after taking admination in +3 science in a college of Angul. Minakshi father Ramakanta Sahu was a retire head master and her uncle Rajanikanta Sahu was a sport teacher in Jagathnath Prasad Pabitra Mohan High School, and Sridhar Majhi was a School Inspecter in Block.
Naktideul police rused to mishap place as soon as they got to know about the accident, including police incharge Rameshchandra pradhan and ASI Rabinarayana Tripathy. Police found dead body of the three teachers and Minakshi as unconcious and injured driver.
Maoists are trying to re-organise and regain their lost ground in the district, said Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty on Thursday.
Briefing mediapersons about the exchange of fire that took place on Wednesday, Mohanty said there were 30 to 35 Maoists in the group including eight to 10 female cadres.
The exchange of fire took place in Landakot reserve forest under Rairakhol police limits of the district and police had specific information about their movement.
The SP said the Maoists opened fire first and police retaliated in which 130 rounds of bullets were fired and grenades used. As the exchange of fire could have left some Maoists injured, a joint operation by police and CRPF was underway to trace the injured. He added that all the cadres were armed with weapons like AK, INSAS and SLR.
The seizure included garments, utensils, medicines, uniforms, Maoist literature, groceries, ammunition bags besides other items.
Sources said Maoists are trying to push hard their plan of developing a corridor which would unite the banned Left ultras from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
The movement is believed to be a part of the plan. According to reports, Maoists have set aside Sundargarh district from their original Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur Divisional Committee and included Sonepur district. Hadrcore Maoist leader and secretary of Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee Samarji alias Anmol Hembram is believed to be coordinating the activities.
Maoists from across the border on both sides are planning to make Gandhamardan hill range in Bargarh district a hopping point before converging in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada district.
They are planning to replicate their model of guerilla warfare and training camp in Sunabeda with security forces out against them in Saranda forest in Jharkhand bordering Odisha.
The celebration of the maritime glory of Odisha on the occasion of Kartika Purnima on Wednesday was marred by the death of eight persons in separate road mishaps and a drowning incident in different districts.
A truck rammed into a roadside tree in Sambalpur, killing two men travelling in the truck. The deceased were identified as Sunil Sahu (30) of Jarpada and Pradeep Sahu (24) of Rairakhol, police said. The accident occurred at Rambadmal along the Sambalpur-Cuttack highway when the truck’s driver, Rinku Seth (28), lost control of the vehicle, veering it off the road. A profusely bleeding Seth was rushed to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. “His condition was stable,” inspector in-charge of Jujomora police station PK Dash said.