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1 killed, 1 critical in jumbo attack in Dhenkanal


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Dhenkanal: Adding to the spate in the cases of elephant attack in the state, wild pachyderms killed one person and left another critical in separate incidents under Hindol Forest Range in Dhenkanal district last night.

In the first instance, an elderly man identified as Prasanna Behera was trampled to death in Tentulisingha village under Kamakhyanagar police limits in the district. Behera was returning to his home last night while a tusker which had sneaked into the village in search of food pounced on him. He died on the spot.

In a similar incident in Kalinga village under Hindol Tehsil, another elderly man was badly injured in the attack of a wild tusker. Identified as Suresh Chandra Pal, the victim was on his way to farmland when the jumbo lifted him with its trunk and threw to a distance.

Pal has been admitted to a nearby hospital and his condition is stated to be critical.

A report of elephant incursion has also been received from Bankitia village under Rasol Tehsil in the district where a wild tusker overturned a tractor and spread panic in the area for hours this morning.

Forest officials have been rushed to the places where elephant attacks have taken place and taking stock of the situation.



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