Dhenkanal: Forest Department officials have arrested a mango orchard owner of Gobindprasad village under Dhenkanal Sadar Forest Range in connection with the death of a tusker.
The accused has been identified as Biswajit Arjendu Kumar Jena.
Jena has been booked for deliberate poaching under the Wildlife Protection Act and has been arrested informed Prakash Chand Gogineni, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Dhenkanal.
“Upon investigation into the death of the elephant, we found evidence that of the five wires connected to the solar fence, the upper wire was connected to LT line connected to the motor. Therefore, we booked and arrested him for deliberate poaching under the Wildlife Protection Act,” stated Gogineni.
Further, upon voltage checking of the solar fence, we found that they are using 20,000 KV against the 9,000 KV recommended by the Forest Department for elephants, he clarified.
The energiser used for the solar fencing is not of IEC certified standard, so we have seized it, he added.
“Use of local-make energisers for solar fencing is not allowed. Within 2-3 days we will complete checking of the energisers used in the nearby mango orchards and if those are not found of the recommended/certified grade we will seize those,” the DFO said.
He said farmers are advised to apply to the department for using such devices and upon inspection, those can be installed.
Many farmers have already applied and inspections have been completed, he added.
It may be mentioned here that the tusker was electrocuted on Sunday night after coming in contact with a low-lying LT line ( Low Tension electric wire) used by the farm owner for use of a motor.