Bhubaneswar: As many as 82 people were killed in separate elephant attacks till February 2018, Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray informed to Odisha Assembly on Wednesday in response to a question.
While 66 persons were killed in elephant attacks in 2016-17, as many as 82 people were killed and 55 others injured in 2017-18, the Minister said.
Standing crops in nearly 5,401.98 acres of land and 1,119 houses were destroyed in different parts of the state by herds of wild elephants.
Similarly, 143 wild animals including 11 elephants, 10 leopards, 1 tiger and 119 deer were killed by poachers during the last four years in the State.
The Minister informed that Odisha government had 522 anti-depredation squads and one Wildlife Protection Squad has been formed to put a check on poaching incidents.
“State Crime Cell has been constituted under CID, Crime Branch to nab the miscreants involved in the poaching of wildlife. All assistance is being provided to forest officials to put a check on smuggling and trafficking of wildlife animals and products with coordination from Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB),” the Minister said.