Elephant tramples man to death in Dhenkanal

KalingaTV News Network

Dhenkanal: In yet another incident of pachyderm attack in the state, a man was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Gengutia village under Dhenkanal Sadar Tehsil on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Sushant Behera, a labourer by profession and a resident of the same village.

The victim was on his way to work in Dhenkanal Town riding a bicycle when came across a wild tusker which has sneaked into the village last night. The jumbo pounced on the victim and trampled him to death on the spot.

Some bystanders who witnessed the incident called up the victim’s family and informed about his death.

Tension engulfed the village following the incident as villagers blocked the Dhenkanal-Kamakhyanagar Road protesting the growing incidents of elephant incursion into the area and blamed Forest Department’s negligence for it.

Police and forest officials reached the spot and pacified the angry locals with assurance of compensation to the family of the victim later in the day.

Growing elephant attacks in Kamakhyanagar, Odapada and Dhenkanal blocks in past few months has left people in these areas in a state of panic.

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