STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Odisha's weekly market gets a ‘jumbo visitor’, business suspended

Kuldiha ranger Bijay Mohapatra and residents of Mirigini, Dholpur and Chotkanpur villages participated in the meeting.

Published: 12th December 2020 10:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2020 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

Tusker at weekly market

Tusker at weekly market | Express

By Express News Service

BARIPADA: The weekly market at Badguma under Betnoti forest range had a jumbo visitor on Friday afternoon. Needless to say, people panicked and business was suspended.After the tusker sneaked into the market at around 5.30 pm, traders downed shutters and ran for cover. Business remained off for several hours after the guest from the wild showed up. 

Forest personnel reached the market and advised locals not to tease the animal. The vegetable vendors were told to maintain a safe distance. After ‘surveying’ the market for some time, the gentle giant left without any damage or trouble. 

Betnoti ranger Ghanashyam Singh said the tusker was separated from an elephant herd that came from Dalma forest of Jharkhand. The elephant was roaming in forests of Betnoti since the last couple of days and the forest personnel were aware of its movements. 

In the morning, the tusker was spotted near NH-18 adjacent to Jugal and Agria villages. Later in the afternoon, it entered the weekly market. The elephant is on the move towards Baramba, Raikama and Rangada and the forest staff are keeping a close watch on its movement. Singh said the forest department has alerted electricity officials to disconnect power supply to the villages where the elephant is headed. 

Three days back, another herd of 35 elephants sneaked into Betnoti range from Dalma forest after crossing the Odisha-West Bengal border and is now staying put near Baisinga.

Meanwhile, forest officials and residents of villages on the fringes of Kuldiha sanctuary in Balasore district organised a coordination meeting to discuss ways to check frequent depredation by elephants. Kuldiha ranger Bijay Mohapatra and residents of Mirigini, Dholpur and Chotkanpur villages participated in the meeting.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp