Bhubaneswar: Tension prevailed at Athagarh DFO office as Rajnagar villagers gheraoed the office, demanding early release of a co-villager arrested in connection with the ‘killing’ of an elephant in the area yesterday.
Notably, a female elephant was found dead on the Bhuin hill under the Bauda forest division of Athagarh sub division in Cuttack district on Wednesday morning.
The death of the jumbo had raised suspicion as blood was oozing out of its face.
In this connection, a villager of nearby Rajnagar, Prasanna Dehury, was arrested by forest officials.
In view of locals’ protest, adequate police personnel have been deployed at the DFO office now, said reports.