369 people killed in elephant attacks since 2015: Forest & Environment Minister


Bhubaneswar: As many as 369 people have been killed and 207 more injured in attacks by wild elephants in the last four years in Odisha.

This was informed to Odisha Assembly by Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh informed on Tuesday.

Replying to a question by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Mukesh Kumar Pal, the Minister informed that 369 people were killed between January 2015 and June 2019.

Informing the House on the steps taken to prevent human casualty and jumbo menace, Arukh said that the Forest Department has erected stone walls and solar-powered fences in several sensitive places to keep away the pachyderms from venturing into human habitations.

The Forest and Environment Minister further informed that several squads have been pressed in to track the movement of the wild jumbos and drive them away if found entering human habitations.

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