Elephant Kills Man In Sundargarh

Rourkela: A wild elephant gored to death a 32-year-old man today in a forest-side village of Odisha’s Sundargarh district.

The incident occurred during wee hours today in Odisha-Chattishgarh bordering Kendudihi village under Ujwalpur forest rang of the district.

The victim Santosh Bhaisal had entered into forest area to collect minor forest produce when the wild tusker came from nowhere and trampled him to death, forest officials said.

The village where tragic death was reported is close to elephants’ habitation corridor. The animals stray into the village to devour the crop field, which leads to frequent outbreak of man-elephant conflict.

The elephants have claimed 11 eleven human lives in Sundargarh district this year.

The next kin of the bereaved family is being covered Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia financial aid as per rule prescribed for human death due to attack protected animals, added the forest officials.