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Angry villagers set forest range office on fire after wild boar kills woman

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Kendrapara, Oct 18:

A woman died after being attacked by a wild boar in a remote village in Kendrapara district triggering violent protests by locals who went on a rampage today setting the Gahirmatha forest range office on fire.
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The unruly people also attacked forest personnel, including the local forest range officer, while keeping some of them hostage.

Two motorized vessels and a motor bike owned by the department were also set on fire, said officials.

The woman, identified as Priti Mandal of a nearby village, was attacked by the boar on Thursday.

“Extensive damage has been caused to the forest department property. The death of a woman following wild boar attack provoked the people to go berserk,” Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Divisional Forest Officer, Kedar Kumar Swain, said.

Kendrapara SP Rabi Narayan Behera said; “The situation is tense is the village. Police forces have reached the spot. The situation has been brought under control”. (PTI)