Bhubaneswar, Jan 29( Odisha.in) In Mahabharat , Abhimanyu, son of Arjun was surrounded by seven maharathis and was killed mercilessly.
He had expertise the art of entering into the ” Chakrya Byuha ” of the Kauravas but had no idea to escape out of it. Similarly Abhimanyu, the 50-year old wild tusker from Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary could enter Madhupur village near Khurda on Monday night to consume the paddy stacked in front of the house of Purna Chandra Baliarsingh an expert hunter without considering the consequences it would have to face.
Finally it fell to the single bullet fired by Baliarsingh from his licensed gun.
Killing Abhimanyu though have sent shockwaves among the wildlife lovers in the State, they Ware at a loss to find out how to save beautiful elephant like Abhimanyu from the bullets, poison and electrocution of the poachers.
The tusker was named as ” Abhimanyu ” by the people around Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary near Bhubaneswar and subsequently the officials of the wildlife and forest department christened it as ” Abhimanyu ” which soon became popular.
It had caused no physical harm to any humanbeing during the past years.
Abhimanyu had only the right tusk. According to wildlife experts, the tuskers with one tusk on the right side are usually short tempered and unmanagable while tuskers with only left tusk are docile.
Talking to Odisha.in Akshya Kumar Patnaik, Divisional Forest Officer in charge of Chandaka wildlife sanctuary and elephant reserve, Abhimanyu had gone out from the sanctuary two days ago and was moving in nearby areas.
Since it is the time of harvest of the paddy, it was eating away paddy in different places. On the fateful night of Monday it entered into Madhupur village near Khurda and destroyed the paddy of Purnachandra Baliarsingh, who fired at its head and killed it.
His weapon has been seized and he has been forwarded under different sections of Wildlife Prevention Act.
Since it is not always possible to confine the wild elephants in a particular place, it was quite natural that it had gone beyond the limits of the sanctuary.
According to 70-year old Purnachandra Baliarsingh of Madhupur who killed the tusker by firing a bullet from his lisenced gun, he woke up in the night hearing the sound of elephent eating away the paddy which was heaped infront of his house.
When he tried to drive away the elephant it came running towards him to charge him.
Since Baliarsingh had his gun he spared no time to fire pointing at his head. The bullet hit his head and immediately he succumbed to the injury.
He claimed that he had fired in ” self-defence ” only.Actually the elephant was laying dead infront of his house inside the village.