Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jan 24:

At least six persons, including four forest officials, were injured in elephant attack in Cuttack district of Odisha on Tuesday while trying to tranquilize the wounded tusker.

According to reports, an elephant was wounded severely in Sukashan jungle under Atagarh Forest Division in the district, after a tyre got stuck in his right front leg around one month ago while it had ventured into human habitations.

The animal’s health condition was deteriorating following the wounds.

The injured animal was spotted running helter-skelter in pain.

Being informed about illness of the pachyderm, the forest department officials were trying to trace the tusker since last three-four days.

A veterinary experts’ team with tranquilizer specialist from Odisha University Of Agriculture Technology (OUAT) had arrived at Athagarh for treatment of the animal.

While the team was trying to tranquilize it with help of forest officials, the animal turned violent and attacked people around.

Six persons were injured in the mishap, including the Forest Ranger and three other forest officials.

A forest guard identified as Pramod Nayak has critically been injured in the attack.

“The elephant is on aggression now following which the tranquilization process has temporarily been postponed. The animal is critically injured and needs treatment. We will try to tranquilize it after two-three days once it calms down,” said Indramani Nath, professor of surgery, OUAT.

We were trying to trace the elephant for last three-four days. Today we failed to tranquilize the elephant as it turned violent critically injuring one of our forest guards. It will be further initiated after two-three days, informed a forest official.