28 January 2019
Angul: The two jumbos Rajkumar and his son Mahendra, set to guard the Royal Bengal Tigress Sundari, arrived from Simlipal in Mayurbhanj to Satkosia Reserve in Angul on Monday.
Reportedly, the tigress had been tranquilized for allegedly mauling two villagers and some cattle to death in the villages nearby last year. She had then been shifted to Raiguda enclosure to prevent any untoward incident.
After two months, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) expressed displeasure over the tigress being caged. So, jumbo Jashoda from Chandaka was to be relocated to guard the tigress in the open jungle but that plan was halted due to some unknown reason.
The State Government had earlier considered Rajkumar and Mahendra’s relocation from Simlipal to Satkosia to guard the tigress. This had faced widespread opposition and protest from villagers who said that a vacuum would be created in Simlipal.
However, the dispute was solved recently and now the elephants have been brought by Forest department after holding talks with local residents. Presently, they are stationed near the Tikarpada Range office in Satkosia.