Seven elephants were killed after coming in contact with sagging live electric wire in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district late Friday night. The incident took place near Kamalanga village. Forest department sources said a herd of 13 elephants were passing through the area. While seven succumbed to injuries, six elephants escaped. Forest officials have reached the spot and began the investigation.
As per preliminary reports, the power line was being set up as part of laying of a new railway line. Bodies of seven elephants were lying scattered near a small water channel passing through vast stretches of agricultural land. Elephant movements in this district are widespread. In the past, several electrocution deaths of elephant have been reported from the district. The district has also been identified as a critical area as far as man-elephant conflict is concerned.