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Selfie with jumbo costs youth his life

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Rourkela: A youth attempting to take selfie with a wild jumbo turned fatal after the irate elephant trampled him to death.

The incident took place on Friday behind Puroshottam Institute of Engineering Technology (PIET) at Mandiakudar near Rourkela. The deceased is Ashok Bharati (45), a native of Bidanasi in Cuttack, who was working in a factory there. The incident occurred between 1 pm and 2 pm, 20 km away from Rourkela under Rajgangpur range of Rourkela forest division (RFD) in Sundargarh district.

With the death of Ashok, human casualty in elephant attacks rose to nine in as many months under the RFD limits. From July 12 to August 12, a herd of five elephants had killed four persons in Kuanrmunda range.

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