Keonjhar, Nov 30: Panic gripped among the locals after a herd of 25 elephants damaged standing paddy crops over acres of area in Rangapata, Gohira village and nearby areas under the Saharpada section in Keonjhar district.
The farmers in the villages have been spending sleepless nights with the elephants on a rampage.
According to the sources, the elephant herd barged into the villages in search of food and destroyed acres of standing paddy crops.
After failing to drive away the elephants, the villagers have lodged a complaint with the Forest department. Following this, forest personnel has been deployed in the area to drive away the elephants.