Elephant herd strays into Balasore village, triggers panic

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Balasore: Panic gripped the residents of Nilagiri area in Balasore district after a herd of marauding elephants was spotted Gudusuli village under Jamudihi panchayat on Friday.

Sources said an elephant herd from nearby forest entered into the human settlement in search of food last night and went on a rampage destroying standing crops. Besides, the pachyderms also damaged the houses.

The Forest department began an operation to drive away the jumbos while a platoon of police was deployed to keep the curious crowd under control.

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