Tusker rampage continues in Kirimira block of Jharsuguda district with elephants claiming one more life on Thursday night.
Sources said a group of elephants barged into Chandimal village at around 12.30 am and demolished a compound wall, killing a 55-year-old woman and injuring four others.
The injured are Dileswar Bhainsha, his two sons- Sunil and Anil- and a relative Tusar Sandha. Dileswar said while his family was asleep on Thursday night, an elephant rushed into his house damaging its wall, which then fell on his family members. He said when his wife Kanak ran outside, she was attacked by the elephant. She succumbed on the way to the hospital.
Outraged by repeated attacks of elephants, more than 350 villagers of Jharmunda and Nakshapali panchayats under Bagdih Forest Range gathered in front of the Range office on Friday morning and demanded immediate compensation of Rs 10 lakhs for the family of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand for the injured persons.
They also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the family of Dwari Kishan who was killed in a similar attack by elephants last week.
District Forest Officer (DFO) Aswini Kar and Jharsuguda Forest Ranger HS Muduli assured the villagers that compensation would be given as per the Government norms and the bereaved family would be paid Rs 5000 for funeral.