Bhubaneswar: Forest officials today blamed the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) for the shocking deaths of the seven elephants due to electrocution hours after their carcasses were found lying in nullah in the farmland near Kamalanga village under Sadar range in Dhenkanal district,.
PCCF and Chief Wildlife Warden in a press release said that Dhenkanal DFO had informed CESU Executive Engineer to rectify sagging transmission line of 11 KV in that area on November 22, 2917, but it was not rectified.
According to sources, a herd of 13 wild elephants had strayed into the region a few days ago in search of food and water.
The mishap occurred when the elephants were passing through a farmland near Kamalanga when they came in contact with a high tension wire hanging loosely that was laid for the construction of railway tracks.
Forest officials have reached the spot and began investigation into the incident.
Sources said the railway track was being constructed by a private company.