Elephant Tramples Elderly Man In Dhenkanal

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Dhenkanal(PTI): An elderly man was trampled to death by a wild elephant at a village in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district today, a forest officer said.

It is the fifth time since March that people have been killed in jumbo attack in the area, the official said.

An alert was sounded by forest officials soon after the incident asking people of the area to be vigilant and remain indoors in the evening hours, he said.

The victim has been identified as 60-year-old Brajabandhu Sahu who was working in his farmland at Bangrusingh village, under the jurisdiction of Sadar forest range, when the pachyderm attacked him, the Forest Ranger of Sadar range Darsania Bhoi said.

Expressing their anger over the incident, local residents staged a blockade on the Cuttack-Angul road demanding adequate compensation for the kin of the deceased.

They also demanded effective measures to tackle the elephant menace in the area.

Bhoi said necessary steps were being taken for providing assistance to the family of the deceased as per rules and guidelines.

The incident comes close on the heels of a jumbo attack on April 14 when a labourer was killed by a wild elephant near Goudakateni canal, he said.

Two persons were killed in separate incidents of jumbo attack on April 12.

One person had been killed by an elephant in Kamakhyanagar area on March 4, Bhoi said.

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