Berhampur: Two captive
elephants from Orissa along with experts from Assam have
reached Ganjam district to chase away wild elephants creating
havoc in human habitations.
The showdown would take place in next three to four
days when Mahendra and Sobha - the two jumbos - got acquainted
with the hill terrains in Ganjam and with the mahunts of
Assam, official sources said here today.
A camp was set up by the forest department near Rambha
where the two captive elephants stayed in a place known as
Kunkis, A K Jena, Divisional Forest Officer, Berhampur, said.
Local people accorded rousing reception to the captive
elephants when they reached here from Similipal tiger reserve
for the operation yesterday.
"We are happy as the people of the area will be
relived from the frequent elephant menace", said panchayat
samiti (Ganjam) chairman Surat Pahan.
At least 25 elephants have wrecked havoc in Ganjam,
Rambha, Khallikote, Chhatrapur and Purishottampur blocks of
the district apparently after migrating from Chandaka
sanctuary for food.