Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Elephant menace seems to have returned to haunt villagers

Elephant menace seems to have returned to haunt villagers of forested pockets under Sundargarh forest division in Sundargarh district.

Sources said villagers are fearing for life in the wake of marauding elephants claiming lives and damaging thatched houses. Villagers under the Ujjalpur forest range are, in particular, a panicked lot after a tusker on Thursday and Friday accounted for two lives. While A Baura of Kainsjor village was chased and killed, a woman Katrina Bud was trampled to death at Goelsukha village. Both the killings are suspected to have been committed by the same tusker.

The forest division borders Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand besides Sambalpur and Jharsuguda districts.

It is learnt that from 2009 to early 2011 a wild tusker had claimed at least 10 lives and it is not clear if the same tusker had returned. ?

Sundargarh DFO Arjun Behera said it is difficult to establish that the same tusker had returned on a killing spree. He added that in all probability the fresh killings were done by another tusker. He said two elephant squads are on the job to track the tusker at Ujjalpur and Sundargarh ranges.

In the past one year at least nine persons died due to elephant attacks under six forest ranges. Elephant herds stray into residential areas to give sleepless nights to villages.

A herd recently damaged several mud houses at Bandega village of Balishankara block. Sources said villagers are often taken unawares as the pachyderms make appearances and it gets difficult to locate the animals in one night as they travel around 50 km.

The DFO said adequate safety measures were in place to keep the animals at bay.

Convict escapes from VSS Medical

A convict housed in Sohela sub-jail, Sourabh Sahu, managed to escape from VSS Medical at Burla on Sunday. He was admitted to the medicine ward after he had complained of uneasiness.

While three police personnel stood guard in the day, two personnel kept vigil on him at night even as one of his hands was handcuffed to the bed. However, it is learnt that Sahu managed to wriggle out from the handcuff in the wee hours of Sunday and escaped. A case has been registered.

UTP Amonsh Nag claimed that some inmates tried to kill him

UTP Amonsh Nag (28) of Kesinga in Kalahandi, housed in Sambalpur Circle jail, who allegedly attempted to end life by self-immolation, has claimed that some inmates tried to kill him.

The incident had occurred on Friday. Nag was rushed to VSS Medical with 90 per cent burn injuries. Jail authorities said he had set himself afire after dousing in kerosene.

The UTP, however, in his statement to Magistrate Anjulina Pradhan has said he never tried to commit suicide and two inmates forcibly sprinkled some liquid and set him afire.

Though he did not name any of the inmates, he hinted at the role of family members of a girl he loved in the past.

Amonsh Nag has been lodged in the Circle jail since March 25 after being arrested by Khetrajpur Police on charges of rape. While the District Collector is on leave, it is learnt Additional District Magistrate M C Bariha and SP Nikhil Kanodia will undertake a joint inquiry and submit a report to the State Government.