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Question arises on future of kumki elephants in Odisha

27/11/2021 at 8:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27: Few years back, the Odisha forest department had started providing Kumki training to elephants.

The training is provided to captive elephants to handle unruly wild counterparts. However, the initiative of the department seems to have failed as the elephants brought for training have been chained for years.  

Not for a year or two, but for 10 years, the forest officials have been torturing the elephant Nandan by chaining him. Nandan is chained at the Godibari Sanctuary in Bhubaneswar.

The forest officials had brought a captive elephant from Nandankanan, Nandan, to employ him as a kumki in and around Chandka Elephant Reserve.

Not only Nandan, the elephant Shankar in the Chandaka division, is also suffering the same fate. Senior forest officials have left no stone unturned in putting the lives of the elephants in danger in the name of Kumki training.

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