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Updated: 19-12-2018 22:43 IST

An elephant was electrocuted

after it accidentally came in contact with a live wire at a

farm in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, forest officials

said on Wednesday.

The carcass of the 15-year-old male pachyderm was

found Wednesday in the field located in Purunga village in

Chhal forest range, Dharamjaigarh Divisional Forest Official

Pranay Mishra said.

As per the preliminary information, a farmer Sanjay

Rathiya had allegedly laid a live wire around his field to

protect his crop in view of the movement of elephants in the

area, he said.

The elephant apparently came in contact with the wire

and was electrocuted. But the post-mortem report, which is

awaited, will reveal the exact cause of the death, he added.

A case has been registered against Rathiya and efforts

were on to trace him as he absconded from the village after

the incident, police added.

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