The carcass of a middle-aged tusker was found in Angarapada village located under Banki forest range of Sundargarh district on Friday. Senior forest officials, including divisional forest officer (Rourkela) and regional chief conservator of forests visited the spot and took stock of the situation. A team of veterinary officials conducted postmortem before burying the carcass.
Forest officials said a herd of nine elephants entered the Anagarapada village on Thursday. The elephants, who were reportedly hungry, had barged into the houses and even damaged one located at the entry of the village. Besides eating cooked rice, raw rice and five kg of raw dal, the elephants had gobbled up urea and pesticides kept in the room. But after proceeding about 100 metres from the house, the tusker fell in a paddy field and died there.