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Rogue jumbo dead

File picture of a tusker

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11: The rogue elephant responsible for the death of six persons in Sundergarh district died today on the hilltop where it had been kept tied.

Though the exact cause of its death is yet to be ascertained, a forest official said the animal had not been taking food after it was tranquillised by an expert team from the Nandankanan zoo.

Sundergarh divisional forest officer Arjun Behera confirmed the death.

Behera said: “The elephant died this afternoon. Though the expert team from the Nandankanan zoo tried their best to save the elephant, all their efforts went in vain.”

The male elephant was tranquillised with three shots on January 7.

The elephant had been kept tied and the forest officials cut both the tusks of the elephant. The officials had been administrating drips of vitamin to it regularly.

“On Wednesday, we had tried to bring the animal down with the help of a machine, but the move failed.

“We have also thought of taking the help of Yashoda, a female kunki elephant from Chandaka, to bring the elephant down the hill,” said another forest official.

The elephant had created panic in the area by claiming six lives. On December 25 night, the elephant killed one Bimla Ekka, 35, and her three-year-old son Rohit Ekka of Bijadihi village. On December 29, it struck again at Jharmunda village and claimed lives of a couple — William Ekka and Phulamoni Ekka. The terror did not stop there as the wild animal took life of one Kastu Bariah on January 3.

The forest officials took the help of two kunki elephants to drive the rogue jumbo away. Later, the forest officials had to tranquilise it.