Tribal injured paying salute to wild elephant

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Baripada, Jul 15 (UNI) Curious are the ways in which, ignorant rural people still express their reverence for the gentle giants- the elephants to re-establish their bond of love for the animal.

A simple and credulous nearly 35-year-old villager Parasuram Mohanta of Bholagadia village was seriously injured when he went close to an adult wild tusker, stood straight before it fearlessly, saluted the grand mammal and prayed him to go back to his abode in East Midnapore.

Parsuram was admitted to district headquarter government hospital at Baripada. Hospital sources said that he is out of danger and responding to treatment.

The lone tusker that migrated from East Midnapore and was causing depredations in several villages under Muruda block since Sunday last also damaged two tribal houses at Baghbasa village under Palasbani Gram Panchayat, swallowed their stocks of paddy and rice and also damaged the village orchards, forest department sources said here today.

Divisional Forest Officer, Baripada Territorial Forest Division, Saloram Marandi who had visited the affected villages yesterday said the tusker had left the villages under Rasgovindpur range and sneaked into Asanbani reserved forest under Betnoti range.

Mr.Marandi said forest officers of Baripada division were keeping a round-the-clock vigil on the movement of the migrant tusker and trying to push back the tusker to its wild habitat in East Midnapore.

The DFO further said that the tusker was one of the three-member herd that sneaked into Orissa's Mayurbhanj disrict about a week ago.

While, one adult cow elephant and a sub-adult pachyderm went back to their home range, the tusker stayed back in Mayurbhanj and was causing depredation.

Man-elephant conflict continues unabated in Mayurbhanj district following frequent migration of the wild elephants from the neighbouring West Bengal's Midnapore district to Orissa's Mayurbhanj district.

Recently, a herd of four adult tuskers had migrated from the Topaban forests of Midnapore and caused depredations in several villages under Deuli forest range.

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