KalingaTV News Network
Kamakhyanagar: In a fresh case of human-animal conflict in the state, a wild tusker trampled an elderly man to death in Kusumjodi village under Kamakhyanagar Police Station area in Dhenkanal district on Sunday.
The deceased has been identified as Gandharb Moharana (50) of Jakka village.
Gandharb, who was a carpenter by profession, was on his way to neighbouring Kusumjodi village in the morning when the mishap took place. Minutes after leaving his home on his bicycle he encountered a lone tusker on a village road. The animal pounced on Gandharb and killed him by gouging out his intestine with the tusks.
Tension ran high on the spot after some commuters spotted the mutilated body of the victim later in the day and informed his family members. Villagers demanded suitable ex-gratia for the kin of the victim and employment for one family member. They also demanded action on the part of the forest officials to drive out the wild tusker from the village, which had killed a number of people in past few months.
“We want a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and job for one member in the family,” said Sanatan Moharana, elder son of the victim.
Palpable tension was prevailing in the area till this report was being filed as angry villagers had detained the forest officials, who had reached the spot for inquiry of late.