Elderly man crushed to death by elephants in Sambalpur

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Sambalpur: In yet another elephant-human conflict, a 72-year-old man was killed in elephant attack at Baham village under Jujumura block of Sambalpur district on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Biranchi Panda of the same village.

According to sources, the incident took place in the wee hours today when the deceased had gone to the nearby forest to collect mangoes. Biranchi and two others of the village confronted two elephants in the forest. while two others managed to escape from the spot, Biranchi failed. The wild jumbos attacked him and crushed to death.

His other two aids rushed to the village and informed the matter, following which villagers rushed to the jungle where they found Biranchi dead. A tusker and a female elephant ventured into the deep forest seeing the gathering of the villagers.

Locals informed the incident to local police and forest department. On being informed forest officials and police rushed to the spot. The police sent the body for post-mortem after preliminary investigation.

The forest department announced an ex-gratia of Rs four lakh to the victim’s family and the local sarpanch paid Rs 2, 000 under Harischandra Yojana of Odisha Government for last rites of the deceased.

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