Bhubaneswar, November 23: A day after two elephants died of suspected electrocution at Tithipali reserve forest in Odisha’s Sonepur district, two forest officials were today placed under suspension for dereliction of duty. The Sonepur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) suspended a Forester and a Forest guard for dereliction of duty. Besides, four employees of the elephant squad and an elephant tracker have also been sacked.
The departmental action comes after the two female pachyderms died yesterday after coming in contact with live wire. The jumbos died after coming in contact with solar fencing wire. It is suspected that someone had charged the fencing wire.
It may be recalled that two forest officials were put on suspension last month for dereliction of duty.
Bargarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) put the two staff—a Forester and a Forest Guard– under suspension for dereliction of duty that allegedly caused deaths of two female elephants on October 23.
The pachyderms reportedly died after coming in contact with live wires, when they entered into paddy fields in search of food, reportedly laid down by locals to hunt wild boars.
The incident had taken place in the Junani forest under the Bargarh forest division in western Odisha.