JAGATSINGHPUR: Mysterious killing of another 12 sheep at Rainkapatana village here on Wednesday night has triggered displeasure among the people as the district administration and Forest officials continue to remain clueless about the deaths.
Despite all the measures of the Forest department, killing of the sheep is continuing unabated at Rainkapatana in Allipingal panchayat. As many as 12 sheep of Aprati Das were found killed and five seriously injured in a cowshed. Aprati was rearing the sheep for trade by availing loans. On July 7, nine of the 34 sheep of Aprati’s brother Pratap Das were killed in the same cowshed.
On being informed, Veterinary officials rushed to the spot, conducted postmortem on the animals to know the cause of death and treated the injured sheep.
Meanwhile, a team of Forest officials visited the spot but failed to ascertain the cause of the mysterious killings. The team collected foot prints from the cowshed and photographs of the dead sheep.
The villagers alleged that the measures taken by Forest officials to trap the animal behind the killings in different forest areas of Niali has forced wolves to migrate to nearby villages. They suspected that a pack of wolves, which was hiding in forests of Niali, have come to the villages of Alipingal panchayat and are behind the mysterious killing of sheep. While experts from Nandankanan Zoo, Similipal National Park and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have visited the affected villages in Niali to probe the killings, no one has come to Allipingal to ascertain the cause of the sheep deaths, the villagers rued.