A 57-year-old man died after a wild elephant attacked him at Bhliadihi Kishanpara under Laikera police limits here on Wednesday morning. This is third such incident of elephants running amok and killing people.
According to sources, a herd of 13 elephants from adjoining Bamra forest entered the village under Kulabira Forest Range on Sunday. Since then, the elephants have been coming to the village and damaging houses besides feeding on paddy and other food stock.
On Wednesday morning, while a villager Juwari Kishan was going to his paddy field, the herd rushed towards him. An elephant crushed Kishan to death.
After the herd left the village leaving behind a trail of destruction, the police sent Kishan's body to Jharsuguda hospital for post-mortem.
Senior Forester of Kulabira N Kishan said they were aware of the incident and were keeping a close watch on the movement of the herd. Efforts are on to push the herd back to Bamra forest and the bereaved family would be paid `5,000 for the funeral, he added.
Rourkela: One Doud Lunga (55) died when a wild tusker attacked him near Gopapur under Birmitrapur range of Rourkela forest division in Sundargarh district on Wednesday. The incident occurred when a drive was underway to chase away the elephants.
Rourkela Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sanjeet Kumar informed that two separate forest teams were driving the herd of 12 elephants and another herd of 17 elephants from Birmitrapur forest range. Around 2 am, a tusker from the herd of 12 elephants got separated and stayed back near Gopapur village and trampled Doud to death who failed to locate the giant animal in the darkness. Interim relief from the Red Cross fund and Forest Department were given for cremation.