Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BEARS ON RAMPAGE IN BALANGIR; 2 INJURED Saturday, 20 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar 1

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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.

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