As unplanned industrialisation, poor management and large-scale habitat destruction force the elephant out of its natural home, the villages of Odisha have become the battleground of an ugly human-elephant conflict
Sandeep Hati, dismissed from his job of police home guard three years ago, was admitted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar on September 2 night after he doused himself with kerosene and immolated before CM's residence.
Ananga Manjari Patra, manager of ex-king of Paralakimedi and former MP Gopinath Gajapati Narayan Deo, her sister Bijoylaxmi and brother Sanjay Patra, the king’s personal assistant, consumed poison, police said.
In the country’s poorest district of Nabarangpur, a group of local youths have been touching lives in various ways, sometimes ferrying patients in an ambulance to hospitals in places as far as 500 km away.
CTCRI director Dr Archana Mukherjee, who heads the six-member team, said the intervention by ICAR institutes was prompted by The Indian Express’s “District Zero” series on poverty and change in the district.
Things came to a head when Das and his men allegedly uprooted several saplings of acacia and eucalyptus, which the tribals had planted a day earlier to turn the nine-acre government land into a reserve forest.