Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bargarh, Oct 29:
Less than a week after two female elephants died of electrocution, the Odisha government today placed two forest officials under suspension 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 two employees have been identified as Dechana Section Forester Rajkumar Chalan and Forest Guard Pitabas Jena.
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.