Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday ordered a Crime Branch probe into the electrocution of seven elephants in Dhenkanal district. Expressing concerns over the incident, Mr. Patnaik directed that appropriate action be taken in case of any criminal negligence.Subsequently, a team of the Crime Branch visited Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal where seven elephants had died after coming in contact with sagging live 11 kV electric wire on Saturday.“We have already constituted a probe team under the leadership of CID Superintendent of Police Madhkar Sandeep Sampat. He would personally supervise the case. The probe would detect lapses that led to such a tragic incident,” said Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Director General (Crime Branch).Meanwhile, the State Forest and Environment department on Sunday filed a complaint against five executives of CESU, the power distribution company, at the Kantabania police station under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Naresh Patnaik, the CESU’s circle manager of Dhenkanal, Nihar Panigrahi, executive engineer, and Artatran Nayak, assistant engineer, have been named in the complaint.CESU blamed State’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Sandeep Tripathy had squarely blamed the CESU for the death of the elephants.“Due to non-rectification of sagging electric lines and non-cabling of transmission lines, the accident has occurred, claiming the lives of seven elephants in Meramundali section of the Dhenkanal forest division,” he said.The Divisional Forest Officer of Dhenkanal in November last year had written to the executive engineer of CESU to rectify sagging overhead transmission line of 11 kV from Kamalanga to Kalitalia of Meramundali section. But it was not rectified. As a result, the live wire were found sagging at a height of seven to eight feet.According to Ranjit Patnaik, a wildlife researcher, Indian Electricity Rules, 1955, mandates testing of all apparatus, cables and supply lines periodically. The same was decided at a number of coordination meetings between forest and energy departments. However, RTI information about inspection of power lines for the period from April 1, 2011 to December 15, 2016 (nearly six years) revealed no inspections, said Mr. Patnaik.
For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, two bowlers managed to take hat-tricks in separate matches on one single day. Samuel Badree and Andrew Tye’s performances certainly made it a Good Friday for cricket fans. (Andrew Tye takes hat-trick on debut for Gujarat Lions, finishes with five-wicket haul)Tye had the good fortune of ending up on the winning side although the same could not be said for Badree. (Samuel Badree takes first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as RCB take charge vs Mumbai Indians)Gujarat Lions made an inspired selection in Tye, who was selected in place of opener Jason Roy, as he became the first bowler to take a hat-trick on IPL debut. Tye also ended up getting a five-wicket haul as Gujarat defeated Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium on Friday. It was Gujarat’s first win this season. (Pretty good feeling, says Andrew Tye after hat-trick on debut)Tye (5/17) also finished with a five-wicket haul to record the best bowling figures on debut in the IPL, surpassing the previous best of 4 for 11 by Shoaib Akhtar which he took for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils in 2008. Tye became the 13th bowler to take a hat-trick in IPL history. (Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick)Tye dismissed Ankit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Shardul Thakur off successive deliveries in the 20th over to restrict Pune Supergiant to 171 for 8. Gujarat then raced to victory with two overs to spare with Brendon McCullum (49) and Dwayne Smith (47) starring with the bat. (Unfortunately it was not a Good Friday for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Samuel Badree)advertisementThe Australian, who is the 13th bowler to take an IPL hat-trick, said that it was a good feeling to start off his IPL career in such a manner.”It was a pretty good feeling (to get the hat-trick). To get my first game today and bowl the way I did was good and hat-trick to top it off was a very good feeling. (Kieron Pollard’s 70 trumps Samuel Badree’s hat-trick as Mumbai defeat Bangalore)”Every surface is different; got to figure out which slower ball was probably going to work best and I did today,” the 30-year-old said. (IPL 2017, GL vs RPS: Match Highlights)Badree’s performance on the other hand, went in vain as Mumbai defeated Bangalore by four wickets at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in the first match on Friday. Chasing 143 for victory, Mumbai rode on Kieron Pollard’s quickfire 70 off 47 balls to finish off the match with seven balls to spare. (Also Read: Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)Badree had removed Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) off the second, third and fourth deliveries of the third over of Mumbai’s chase. He finished with figures of four wickets for nine runs in his four overs. (Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made)While Tye was adjudged Man of the Match for his bowling effort, Badree was left to rue his team’s loss in front of their home crowd.”Yeah, of course. It is a special day. It was a Good Friday. It was a Good Friday for me. Unfortunately, it was not a Good Friday for the team. I just think we did not have enough runs on board,” Badree told reporters at the post-match press conference.”It is a nice feeling to get a hat-trick. To get three wickets in the Powerplay — normally teams chasing lose games but unfortunately it did not go our way tonight. Tremendous feeling to get a hat-trick but it could have been so much better if we had won,” the leg-spinner added.