Another jumbo electrocuted in Telkoi range, three held
The New Indian Express
November 20, 2023
Days after an elephant was killed after coming in contact with a live wire
trap, another jumbo died of electrocution in Telkoi range of Keonjhar
forest division raising concern over protection of the gentle giants in the
As per reports, the male calf, aged 4-5 years, was electrocuted at Munda
sahi area of Akul village under Podanga beat in Telkoi range. Keonjhar DFO
Dhamdhere Dhanraj Hanumant said as per preliminary investigation, the jumbo
was electrocuted after coming in contact with private solar fencing charged
with direct current from LT line around a paddy field.
Three persons - Dipu Munda,Daniel Munda and Siba Munda - have been arrested
in this connection for their alleged involvement in killing of the elephant
and forwarded to the court. Forest officials said three more suspects have
been identified and will be arrested soon. All the accused are in the age
group of 20 to 30 years and were reportedly directly involved in the
electrocution of the calf.
Sources said the calf was part of a 12-member herd roaming in the vicinity.
The forest officials had arrested five persons in connection with the
electrocution of an elephant in the Telkoi range on November 10. The jumbo
allegedly died after coming in contact with a wire trap set for poaching