Elephants electrocuted : Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik orders probe, sacks junior engineer

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Odisha, Oct 28 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ordered crime branch inquiry into the incident of electrocution of seven elephants near Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal district and suspended 6 officials and sacked a junior engineer of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU).

Patnaik has directed to take appropriate action in case of any criminal negligence.Seven elephants were killed after coming in contact with sagging live electric wire in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district late Friday night.

In connection with the death of 7 elephants after electrocution in Dhenkanal, state government has suspended 6 officials and sacked a junior engineer of Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU). Forest department has suspended three of its filed staff including Dhenkanal Range Officer.

Forest department sources said a herd of 13 elephants were passing through the area. While seven succumbed to injuries, six elephants escaped.

As per preliminary reports, the power line was being set up as part of laying of a new railway line. Bodies of seven elephants were lying scattered near a small water channel passing through vast stretches of agricultural land.

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