Bhubaneswar: Panic gripped the capital city of Odisha when an elephant strayed into Bharatpur area under Khandagiri police limits leaving the residents to run helter skelter.
According to reports, the elephant demolished a portion of a boundary wall of a house at GA Colony and uprooted several trees when it ventured into Bhubaneswar.
On being informed by locals, Forest officials reached the spot and initiated efforts to ward off the elephant.
It may be mentioned here that the Chandaka-Dampara Elephant Sanctuary is in the outskirts of the city and it is not a stray incident that the elephant has strayed into Bhubaneswar. They mostly venture into city for food and rapid urbanisation in the jungle area.