Tusker dies after touching live electric wire (India)


Press Trust of India

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A wild tusker was electrocuted after coming in contact with a low lying live wire in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district, officials said today. 
The 25-year-old tusker was passing through a paddy field near Malapura under Kamakshyanagar (East) of Dhenkanal forest range last night when it touched the 11 kv wire, range officer, Kamakshyanagar, Basanta Kumar Mallick said. 
The high voltage wires which connected Malapura with Pallisamantarapur in the area is considered as an elephant corridor. 
A case under Wild Life Protection Act, 1972 has been registered against the concerned Executive Engineer, sub- divisional officer (SDO) and junior engineer of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU), the power distribution company for negligence,he said. 
Besides, a high level meeting has been convened here tomorrow by forest department to take stock of the situation and chalk out modalities to prevent recurrence of such incidents. 
Meanwhile, the forest personnel have preserved the two tusks of two feet length and six inch diameter each of the dead elephant, he said.