Keonjhar, Nov 20: Panic gripped among the locals after a herd of 26 elephants damaged standing paddy crops over acres of area in Padmapur, Malipasi, Jyotipur and nearby areas under Champua range in Keonjhar district.
The farmers in these villages have been spending sleepless nights with the elephants on 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 have been deployed in the area to drive away the elephants.