Forests Minister directs officials to trace mysterious sheep killer in Niali soon

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Wednesday took cognisance of mass killings of sheep in Niali by unknown creatures and issued notices to the State Government, Forests and Environment Minister Bijyashree Routray today directed the concerned officials to trace the killer at the earliest.

The Minister directed the Cuttack District Forest Officer (DFO) to trace the killer suspected to be a pack of wolves in Bhanragarh forest soon.

The Minister also asked the officials to install more CCTV cameras at the vantage locations to capture the images of the killer animals.

In last two months, an unknown creatures has been killing sheep in a few village located in Niali block of Cuttack. Hundreds of sheep have been killed in the last two months but the administration has failed to trace the mysterious creature creating panic in the locality.

“I have sought a report from the CDVO, Cuttack, after getting to know about killing of about 150 sheep within a period of two months,” Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister Damodar Rout said.

Collector Nirmal Mishra of Cuttack district has asked the officials to set up a team to investigate into death of sheep.

The team would consist of Tehsildar, local Police Inspector, forest officials. Some villagers would also be taken into the team, Mishra said adding that he suspected that hyena or wild wolves from nearby Bhanra forest might be killing the sheep.

“CCTV cameras will also be installed at sensitive places, if needed,” he said.

The latest report of killing of three sheep came from Alana village under Niali block last night, police said.

It is being alleged by some quarter that wild animals were attacking sheep in villages and eating only their liver. The minister, however, denied their claim.

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