Elephant herd being driven back from township
Rourkela: The herd of wild elephants that had strayed into Rourkela and headed to an under-construction stadium at Bisra Maidan were on Sunday pushed a little distance away from steelcity hub, official sources said.
A joint team comprising personnel of forest department, local police and an expert team from Jharkhand, consisting 12 experienced jumbo chasers including a 15-year old girl, undertook the operation yesterday.
The experts put burning tyres in numbers, on the path of the pachyderms to the safety of Saranda jungle. Besides, the forest department officials were ready with lamps in their hands on either side of the road.
Once everything was in place, the gate of the stadium was opened and the team started conversing with herd in a typical language that was only understood by the jumbos. Once the gate was opened and instructions were being shouted at them, the herd started moving like trained animals in the designated path.
The girl, Tirumala Topno, 15 and a class X student, was leading sometimes and her father R Topno was all along.
The herd reached Tilkanagar, near Diesel Colony in Bondamunda. From there they crossed the railway lines and walked further.
P K Dhal, Forest Range Officer Panposh said, "Our main aim was to take them to the Chirubeda reserve jungle and then they could have easily entered Saranda but it failed, but at this moment there is nothing to worry about as they would not move during day time. We are keeping a watch on them."
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