An grownup male elephant received electrocuted after it got here involved with a stay wire in Chhattisgarh’s Gariaband district on Monday, an official stated.
With this incident, three jumbos have died of electrocution within the final six days within the state.
The newest fatality occurred on Monday at a paddy subject in Paragaon village beneath Dhawalpur forest vary when a herd of 22 to 25 elephants was passing by the realm, Divisional Forest Officer, Gariaband division, Mayank Agrawal stated.
After being alerted about it, forest personnel rushed to the spot and the post-mortem was performed, he stated.
“In the past, no movement of elephants was reported in the area. This big herd of pachyderms ventured into the area from the adjoining Odisha border via Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve,” Mr Agrawal stated.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the tusker got here involved with an 11 KV energy transmission line, which was hanging at a low top above the sphere, and received electrocuted, he stated.
Locals claimed they’d earlier reported to energy division officers that top rigidity traces have been mendacity at a low top within the space however no motion was taken, he stated.
“Prima facie, it seems that negligence on part of the electricity department led to the death of the elephant. We will be filing a case in this connection and further action will be taken accordingly,” the official stated.
He additional stated the electrical energy division ought to be sure that 11 KV and 33 KV transmission traces must be laid on the prescribed top and never beneath it.
Earlier, on Friday evening, an elephant died of electrocution after coming involved with a stay wire laid by poachers to entice wild boar in Mahasamund district.
Another jumbo died after it got here involved with an electrical wire laid illegally at a farm by a cultivator in Raigarh district on September 23.
In the final 4 months, 11 elephants have died in separate districts of the state attributable to numerous causes, together with electrocution.
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