Threee farmers injured in wild boar attack in Odisha

Kendrapara (Odisha): In a fresh case of man-animal conflict, three farmers were injured following attack by a rogue male wild boar at a village in Odisha's Kendrapara district.

The incident took place in Srichandanpur village on Wednesday when farmers were engaged in vegetable cultivation activities.

The injured farm labourers - Bichitrananda Barik (49), Sudarshan Pradhan (42), Rankanidhi Das (40)- are undergoing treatment at Kendrapara district headquarters hospital. While condition of one of the injured person is stated to be critical, two others are out of danger, police said. Mild tension has prevailed in the area following the animals¿ attack. However, no untoward incident had occurred, they said.

"Such act of trespassing and consequent attack on humans by wild boar was not earlier witnessed in the village. The animal might haves sneaked into the village to eat crops and standing vegetable plants though area is bereft of forest cover", said Divisional Forest Officer, Bimal Prasana Acharya.

The forest department is bearing the cost of treatment of the injured persons. Besides compensation grants will also be disbursed, he said.

"The forest department is aware of animals' intrusion into village areas. Forest personnel have begun night watch and vigil in villages which are marked by straying of animals.

Villagers have been advised to avoid movement during night hours when animals mostly make their way to crop fields in village areas. Besides steel-net-barricade is being installed shortly in villager borders to ward off the animals' intrusion into human settlements, added DFO Acharya.

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