Sundargarh: Forest Department on Friday suspended two forest officials in connection with the death of an elephant whose carcass was found in Sonakhan Putulia village under Rajgangpur Forest Range in Sundargarh district today.
The forest officials placed under suspension are forester Harish Jena and forest guard Sabita Kisan. Besides, Rajgangpur Ranger was also served a show cause notice in this regard.
Earlier on Friday, the carcass of an elephant was found buried in Sonakhan Putulia village. The forest officials also arrested three persons in connection with the incident, while ten more are reportedly absconding.
Though the actual reason behind this incident is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the villages might have killed the pachyderm as the animal was destroying standing crops in the area, officials said.
While the remains of the pachyderm have been sent for postmortem, a manhunt to nab the absconding accused is on, added the officials.
In another incident, in Dhenkanal, a tusker got trapped after falling into an abandoned well near Mahidharpur under Sadar Forest Range in the district.
According to sources, the baby jumbo fell into the well late last night. Some locals spotted the elephant today morning and alerted the forest department.
Forest officials have reached the spot and an operation to rescue the elephant is underway, sources said.