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Elderly woman killed in tusker attack in Sambalpur

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Sambalpur: An elderly woman was killed while another person was injured in elephant attack at Bhabanipali village in Jujomura block of Sambalpur district last night.

The deceased has been identified as Shakuntala Mirdha (60).

According to reports, a tusker from nearby forest barged into the house of the woman when she was asleep and smashed her to the ground with its trunk. Later it went on damaging at least 5-6 houses in the village during which a youth sustained fracture on his hand.

Critically injured Shakuntala was rushed to Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla where doctors declared her brought dead.

Tension gripped the village following the incident as locals claimed that forest officials and district administration were taking no step to check the elephant incursion.

On the other hand, Sadar Range Officer Guru Shankar Das, who visited the village and took stock of the situation this morning, has assured of a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and financial assistance to those who have lost their houses in the incident.

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