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Team formed to hunt mysterious sheep killer in Niali

 State government today sought a report from Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) of Cuttack on the killing of a large number of sheep under mysterious circumstances in Niali area.

"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.

Cuttack District Collector Nirmal Mishra has asked the officials to set up a team to investigate into death of sheep.
The team would consist of local tehsildar, local police inspector, forest officials. Some villagers would also be taken into the team, Mishra said adding that he suspected that hyena or 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 which was denied by the Minister.
"The death of sheep is true, but liver missing is false. Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO), Cuttack, has written to the Forest Department regarding the matter," Rout said.
People of Niali, particularly sheep owners, were  spending sleepless nights. They tried to capture the killer but in vain.
On Sunday night the locals found three more sheep  dead under mysterious circumstances with liver of the animals missing at Alana in the block. Two other animals were injured, the reports said.
Rout said the photo and video of killer animal, which went viral on social media, is only rumour.
Post-mortem report revealed that some wild animals killed the sheep, said Cuttack (Rural) SP Madhab Sahoo said.
Notably, as many as 150 lambs have been found dead in Amanakuda, Bansahi and other villagers under Niali block in last two months in similar style.


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