Odisha: Guard burnt alive while trying to douse forest fire

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Baripada (Odisha), Mar 21 (PTI) A guard was burnt alive while he was trying to douse a fire in a forest near the Similipal National Park in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district on Sunday, police said.

The incident happened at the Jadnil Reserve Forest of Thakurmunda range in Karanjia forest division, they said.

Jadu Mahanta (58), a contractual guard engaged by the state forest department, was caught in a fiery whirlwind while trying to do douse the fire and burnt alive, a forest officer said.

A case of unnatural death has been registered at the Thakurmunda police station, police said.

The body was sent to Karanjia Sub-divisional Hospital for post-mortem, they said. PTI CORR AAM SOM SOM