I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
BEARS ON RAMPAGE IN BALANGIR; 2 INJURED Saturday, 20 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1
Even as the rising temperature is making the
lives of people unbearable in urban areas of Balangir district, the people
living in the rural areas are no better. For, they are now reeling under bear
menace with little respite, coupled with the scorching heat and water scarcity.
According to reports, two persons, indentified as
Tarani Bag, Gram Rakhi of Bandana Kata village and Nitu Pradhan, a minor girl
of Raksimunda village, were injured due to attack by two bears which are on a
rampage these days.
Bag was going to attend nature's call in the
morning on Friday when the bears attacked him. He sustained injuries on face
and head and was soon admitted at the District Headquarters Hospital and then
shifted to the VIMSAR, Burla, as his condition deteriorated.
As the villagers chased the bears, one fled to a
nearby forest and the other entered into Raksimunda village and injured Nitu
before hiding itself in a bamboo bush.
According to sources, the bears most likely have
strayed from Menda village wherein sugarcane has been grown. To eat sugar cane,
the bears and other wild animals might be straying to the areas. To get rid of
the animals, the villagers chase them but of little avail.
It would be pertinent to mention here that the
Menda village lies on one side of the Suktel river in Sonepur district and
these villages now under bear attack scare are located on the opposite bank in
Balangir district. Meanwhile, a team of Balangir forest officials led by ACF
Goutam Naik and range officer NK Jaysingh is camping at Raksimunda village to
nab the bears.