Trained jumbos Mahendra & Rajkumar reach Satkosia to guard Tigress Sundari

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Angul: The two trained elephants brought have reached Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Angul district in order to guard Royal Bengal Tigress Sundari.

The two Kumki jumbos, Mahendra and Rajkumar, were shifted from Similipal to Satkosia in a truck amid tight vigil. Reportedly, the pachyderms have been kept at the Purunacourt Range Office.

PCCF (Wildlife) Sandip Tripathy, had yesterday informed the media that no decision has been taken regarding the release of the Royal Bengal Tigress Sundari from the enclosure. The two trained elephants will be rather deployed for the general security.

Though a dispute ensued between the locals of Similipal and forest department over the use of the elephants, the issue was resolved after the forest officials held talks with the locals.

Notably, Tigress Sundari, brought from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in June 2018, was tranquilised on November 6, last year after it allegedly killed two persons and a bullock in separate incidents in Baghamunda and Tainsi villages inside the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in October 2018.

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