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.
Monday, March 19, 2018
TUSKER CARCASS SEIZED IN BALANGIR Monday, 19 March 2018 | PNS | BALANGIR
TUSKER CARCASS SEIZED IN BALANGIR
Monday, 19 March 2018 | PNS | BALANGIR |
A carcass of a tusker was found inside the Chelia
Reserve Forest in the Loisingha Range on March 16 morning by local villagers
who had gone to collect firewood.
After getting information, the local forest
officials along with veterinary surgeon rushed to spot. The postmortem report
of the elephant body would be available within a few days and exact cause of
death of tusker would be known then, said a forest official.
The incident has raised many questions about the
circumstances and factors leading to the tusker’s death. Was it due to forest
fire or injuries or any gunshot by miscreants? How the officials could not have
any inkling about it?
Many people suspect that the elephants died due
to lack of food as after the harvest of paddy there is nothing left. The only
consolation is that a few water bodies exist where there is water to meet the
need of the pachyderms.
The body was buried inside the jungle in the
presence of lone veterinary surgeon, besides a ground level forest official. No
independent witness was present there.
Locals have demanded an inquiry into the
circumstances leading to death of the elephant.